£14,000 compensation for pensioner who fell while crossing Yeadon High Street

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pensioner who fell at Yeadon crossing gets £14,000 compensation from Leeds City Council Pensioner who fell at Yeadon crossing gets £14,000 compensation from Leeds City Council

A pensioner has won thousands of pounds in compensation after falling on an uneven road surface in Yeadon.

Grandmother Jean Whitters, 88, was left with permanent injuries after the accident as she crossed Yeadon High Street in August 2012.

The road had been part of a £1 million regeneration scheme two years earlier, but it was later resurfaced again after complaints from councillors who described its condition as appalling.

Mrs Whitters, who fell flat on her face while using a designated crossing point, reported the accident to Leeds City Council. But she says the council initially denied liability for the condition of that section of road.

But now she has accepted a £14,000 settlement from the authority after it admitted it was at fault.

Mrs Whitters suffered two black eyes and a massive and irreparable rotator cuff injury which has left her unable to carry out simple household tasks.

She welcomed the settlement but criticised the council for prevaricating.

“They knew their roads were in an appalling condition but yet they tried to deny it,” she said.

“They thought I was some silly old woman who would go away, but they were wrong.”

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