Elderly man seeks compensation after fall

An elderly man is seeking personal injury compensation from his local council following an accident in a public place.

According to the Ealing Gazette, Derek Woodward fell over broken paving slabs near his home in Ealing and subsequently ended up in hospital with a fracture and damaged ligaments in his ankle.

The 75-year-old had previously contacted the local authorities on three separate occasions to inform them of the hazardous conditions on Curzon Road in the town, but no action was taken to repair the unsafe surface.

Mr Woodward twisted his ankle on a dip in the pavement last month and is therefore launching legal action against Ealing Council on the grounds of their alleged negligence.

"Old people shouldn't have to worry about negotiating the pavements at their age. I'm determined to make sure this doesn't happen again," he told the news source.

David Bott, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, recently criticised the government for not doing enough to help support claims made by people such as Mr Woodward.

Posted by Patrick White

06/06/2011 16:38