A compensation claim has been settled for an Irwin Mitchell client who sustained injury due to falling on an uneven pavement.
The accident took place when our client was walking along the pavement, wearing flat leather shoes and noticed a passer-by coming towards her. As a result, she moved a little to her right in order to allow the person to pass by and was continuing to walk along the pavement when she fell and felt her right foot twist into something and she began to lose her balance.
A passer-by grabbed hold of our client in order to steady her and prevent her from falling to the ground. At this point, she felt immediate pain in her foot. She spent a little time gathering herself before returning home, by which time her foot was very painful and swollen. Two hours later the pain began to worsen. She was unable to obtain an appointment at her GP Surgery and her daughter therefore drove her to the walk-in centre where she was advised to attend hospital for x-ray. The x-ray revealed a broken bone in the Claimant’s foot. The foot was put in a plaster cast and the Claimant was given crutches to assist with walking. She was also advised to take paracetamol.
Our client had to revisit the hospital fracture clinic on four occasions and was in plaster for six weeks. During this time she required assistance with household tasks by her four children, for example carrying out the shopping and looking after our client while she was off her feet. Our client was unable to work for 13 weeks in total.
Once the plaster cast was removed the Claimant attended seven sessions of physiotherapy treatment, however since the accident she continues to experience a dull pain when she is on her feet for a long period of time.
Kerry Hadley from our specialist personal injury team pursued a claim on behalf of this client, with the Defendant denying liability for our client’s accident. Court proceedings were commenced and our client received £8,500 in an out of Court settlement by way of compensation.
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