07 May 2009
Pensioner seeks compensation after suffering head injuries
A pensioner who suffered injuries to her head is seeking compensation from her local authority.
Daphne Slater was being pushed in a wheelchair by her son to her doctors' surgery when they tripped over a sharp rise in the pavement, causing her to hit the ground.
As a result of the impact of the fall, the 73-year-old sustained serious bruising to her face and required stitches in her nose. She also had to have her hands and feet X-rayed, the Eastwood Advertiser reports.
According to her granddaughter, Michelle Kemp, Ms Slater was so distressed by the incident that she now refuses to leave her house.
The pensioner has begun legal proceedings against Nottinghamshire county council, which is based in West Bridgford, Nottingham, and has several contact points across the county.
A spokesperson for the authority said: "It is inappropriate for us to comment on a compensation claim that is still under investigation."