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35.000 Pounds Compensation Award for Fall on Steps

December 26, 2010

A double-amputee, who fell and broke his elbow on the steps of a County Down housing estate, has been awarded 35,000 pounds in compensation by the High Court in Belfast.

Colin Adamson from Bangor, County Down, lost both his legs in a road traffic accident in 1991 and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. His accident occurred when he lost his balance and fell due to a cracked flagstone, while visiting a friend at the Keaney Gardens Housing Estate.

Colin’s injuries meant that he had to have surgery on the elbow to insert supporting plates and screws and, as a result of his treatment, his mobility has been severely impaired plus it has affected Colin’s gait and his already limited walking abilities. After taking legal advice, Colin sued the Department of Regional Development for failing to maintain the footpath.

In the subsequent legal hearing at Belfast High Court, the Department of Regional Development were found negligent in upholding Article 8 of the Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 and an award of 35,000 pounds compensation was made by Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan.