Dodgy path fall victim set to sue the council

PUBLISHED: 14:09 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010



A WOMAN whose forehead swelled up to the size of a tennis ball is suing the council after tripping over a shoddily repaired path.

A WOMAN whose forehead swelled up to the size of a tennis ball is suing the council after tripping over a shoddily repaired path.

Diana Parsons, 61, of Lullingstone Avenue, Swanley, was walking along Sidcup High Street when she tripped and banged her head with severe force on the corner of the High Street and Black Horse Road.

Mrs Parsons was shocked that the council had left the path in a state of disrepair, adding: "I think it's absolutely disgusting that it happened because it wasn't properly repaired. It was a patch up job. There was a gap and they shoved concrete in there on the edge of the curb.

"It wasn't straight, which is why I went over and crashed down with such a force. I'm worried about what could happen to an old person if they fell."

Workers from Staffords Salon, which is on the corner of the path, claim that at least eight people in the last year have taken a fall at the site.

Mrs Parsons said: "I went down with such a bang and I'm severely bruised now and in such pain. It's always been my fear going out and falling down."

She was rushed to Queen Mary's hospital where she remained for four hours.

Speaking about the injuries she sustained, she said: "I broke my glasses. My eye is now a ruby red colour and I couldn't open my eye. It filled up with fluid."

Amanda Lyons, from Staffords Salons, who saw the fall, said: "I'm not exaggerating when I say it was the size of a tennis ball. It was really swollen and bruised. She was bleeding from her hands and her head. We've been here over a year and I can't even count how many times it's happened. It's always old people falling.

"There's been a couple of times when they've fixed it, but it crumbles where they fill it in.

A spokesperson from Bexley Council said: "We are sorry to hear of Ms Parsons fall and we wish her a speedy recovery.

"As Ms Parsons has indicated that she wishes to claim against the council, we are unable to comment further on the incident at this stage.

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