Fall victim awarded £5,000 furious over appeal

Irene Saville from Hastings was awarded �5000 after a fal
Irene Saville from Hastings was awarded �5000 after a fal

A PENSIONER has been awarded thousands of pounds in compensation after suffering serious injuries following a fall on an uneven pavement.

Irene Saville, of Churchill Avenue, Ore, won £5,000 in damages from East Sussex County Council at a county court hearing but is angry as the authority intends to appeal against the decision.

The 73-year-old said: “The fall happened five years ago outside my house because of a hole in the pavement.

“I was with my three-month-old great-granddaughter, who was in her pram, and my granddaughter.

“I tripped over the hole and, as a result, the pram went over and the baby came out.

“I had one hand on the handle pushing the pram when I fell.”

The pensioner said she sustained injuries to both her hands as she frantically tried to catch her great-granddaughter, which she was able to.

She added: “One of the fingers of my left hand was nearly hanging off.

“It was quite bad and I had to have six months of physiotherapy. I also grazed my neck.

“I went all through the court process to be finally awarded the compensation and now the council says it intends to appeal. The judge said it could not, saying the state of the pavement at the time was an accident waiting to happen.

“The hearing was in February and the £5,000 should have been paid to me by March 22.”

The county council’s highways department is responsible for maintaining pavements and roads in Hastings and the rest of East Sussex.

A county council spokesman said: “We cannot comment on individual cases and matters under appeal.”