Elderly woman suffers fractured knee after tripping on uneven pavement during shopping trip
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17th June 2013

Elderly woman suffers fractured knee after tripping on uneven pavement

A simple visit to a local shop ended with a broken knee for our client in this claim for accident compensation. She had tripped on the uneven pavement, falling heavily on her knee. A visit to the A&E for an x-ray, confirmed she had broken her patella.

When the local authority responsible for the maintenance of the pavement refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement, our specialist accident compensation lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings. However, prior to the date of the trial, through robust negotiation, they were able to secure several thousand pounds in compensation for her injury and suffering.

Trip and fall whilst shopping

Our client was walking towards a local shop when she tripped on the uneven paving. She felt herself falling forward and although she managed to grab the door handle, she fell very heavily on her knee. Initially she thought she had just bruised it, but after sitting for a while in the shop to recover her composure, found that she was unable to put weight on it and that her knee had become swollen.

After being taken to the local A&E department, where an x-ray confirmed a broken patella, she had to remain in hospital for several days and was placed in plaster from the top of her leg to her ankle. A few weeks later this cast was reduced to a hinged brace to allow her knee to bend but in all she was virtually immobile for almost 2 months.

She continues to suffer pain from her injury, and experiences a feeling of instability. Her knee frequently lets her down when walking and she cannot kneel or crouch.

Breach of statutory duty

The local authority had breached their statutory duty to ensure the safety of pedestrians. They had failed to maintain the pavement or to implement a process of inspection that would have identified the potential hazard.

Making a claim for accident compensation

Clear Answers' specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims, particularly slips, trips and falls.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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