An elderly woman from Stoke-on-Trent has spoken of the lasting damage caused by trips and falls after she received injury compensation from her local authority.
Irene Brearley, 71, accidentally stood on an unsecured manhole cover in the street four years ago, The Sentinel reports.
She suffered injuries to her face and required a visit to the hospital, successfully claiming GBP 2,500 in injury compensation from Stoke-on-Trent City Council 12 months later.
However, she commented that although the money many compensate victims for their physical injuries, it does not take into account the lasting psychological trauma that can follow such incidents.
"It has been four years since my accident, but I worry about falling whenever I go outside now," she told the paper.
"I am an Age Concern volunteer and consider myself to be fairly fit, but after the accident my confidence went and I just felt safer staying indoors."
Ms Brearley’s comments follow news that a pensioner from Edinburgh is taking on her local authority after losing a row of teeth in pavement falls.