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Dagenham carer annoyed after breaking wrist in pavement fall

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2017

Hazel Bennett was injured after tripping over a broken pavement near her home where she is a full time carer for her husband Ian who has MS.

Hazel Bennett was injured after tripping over a broken pavement near her home where she is a full time carer for her husband Ian who has MS.

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A mum who broke her wrist after tripping on a damaged pavement has questioned why the council didn’t repair it sooner.

Hazel standing on the road where she tripped and broke her wrist.Hazel standing on the road where she tripped and broke her wrist.

Hazel Bennett fell and hit her head as she walked along Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, just around the corner from her home in Rosedale Drive, following a shopping trip.

“It was awful,” the 62-year-old recalled. “Blood was pouring from my face.”

Hazel – who is a full-time carer for her husband Ian, 65, whose multiple sclerosis has left him paralysed – broke her wrist in the fall on December 23 and spent five hours in casualty at King George hospital in Goodmayes.

“It ruined our Christmas,” the mum-of-two admitted.

“It’s been very, very difficult to do anything. I just have to try and look after my husband the best way I can.”

Even though she tried to report her fall to the council just after Christmas, it wasn’t until last week that the council sent an emergency repair team to fix the pavement.

A woman from the council’s highways department has also offered Hazel an apology, but she wants compensation.

“I’ve had to go through terrible injuries to make something safe which they should have done in the first place,” Hazel said.

“The only good that’s come out of this is that they’ve made the pavement safe.”

A council spokesman said: “Council officers have spoken to Mrs Bennett and made the pavement safe. She has been sent a claim form.”


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