A MEDICAL secretary who tripped on an uneven path as she made her way to work was awarded £7,678 after she broke her wrist in a fall.
Diane, aged 63, was walking along Eaglestone footpath, towards the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust, where she worked, when she caught her foot on tarmac forced up into a mound because of tree roots beneath.
The accident, which happened in June 2007, caused Diane to fracture her right wrist.
Milton Keynes Council denied liability, claiming that the footpath had no defects when it was inspected seven months earlier, in October 2006.
However, at a trial at Milton Keynes County Court, it was found that the path had been in a poor condition for several months and the council had failed in their duty of inspection. A judge dismissed their version of events and found in favour of Diane.
The claimant had a small loss of earnings claim in the region of £250. Her fracture healed without surgery although she would have some difficulty opening jars.
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