A WOMAN was left furious after tripping over a tiny curb and breaking her shoulder, with council refusing to do anything about it.
Mary Richmond, 71, broke her shoulder in two places after a recent fall on Keynsham High Street in Bristol.
She was out running errands before sustaining the serious injury in her nasty fall over the nondescript low curb. reports Bristol Live.
There have been numerous reports of people tripping over the curbs, leaving some with “very painful” injuries, including head injuries and sprained ankles.
Mary said, “I’ve transitioned from the side of the church to the side of the church. On the first side there is no curb down to the street but as I was crossing the street at the bike rack and bike lane there was a curb and I tripped on that one.
“It doesn’t appear to be a full curb, it’s small. It was because it wasn’t there on the other side, so you think it’s flat.
“I went down hard. I was helped and I was in complete shock, so I just kept going like it wasn’t that bad, but it was.
I went home and spoke to my husband and we agreed to see how it was overnight, maybe it was a sprain.”
Mary added that she realized the next day that the injury was far more serious than initially thought.
“Well, the next morning I woke up and my arm was twice as big. I went to the Yate Walk in Center and had an x-ray which confirmed that I broke my humerus in two places.
“I then went to Southmead Hospital on Wednesday (March 23) to see a specialist to fix my recovery.
Mary says the “excruciating” pain has affected her daily life and social plans.
“It’s so uncomfortable and painful, it’s excruciating. I’ve had to cancel plans including driving to Lincolnshire for a family funeral as I can’t take the bumps in the road for driving, it’s so painful.
“It’s also very difficult to sleep as I have to sleep upright and the sling is really uncomfortable. My husband has to do everything for me since I can’t move my arm, from taking a shower to helping with my hair. The bruising is very sore.
“I think it’s badly designed. I was shocked when I saw it online about this Report It website that I was one of many people who had stumbled.”
Bath and North East Somerset Council Report It websiteallows people to report a variety of issues and shows that a number of complaints have been made about the curbs.
The City Council responded on Friday, March 18, saying: “Thank you for your inquiry. The project team has confirmed that the redesigned layout meets highway work specifications and we will make no further changes.”
A complainant said the same day: “Amazing that the ‘project team’ said it was ‘compliant’ and ‘we will not make any further changes'”. This is dangerous and urgently needs to be clarified.”
An update from the council issued on Friday 25th read: “Thank you for your report(s) which have been sent to the appropriate teams for investigation.
“This may take some time, but we will provide an update here as soon as possible. As with any other new public space, we will monitor usage as people adjust to the new layout.”
On Saturday March 26th, another comment said: “Elderly man fell off the curb and sustained a serious head injury, became unable to stand and fell into oncoming traffic.
Councilor Richard Samuel, vice-chairman and cabinet member for economic development and resources, said: “I’ve been to the High Street to see the work being done and I’m obviously concerned to hear that people are struggling with the new layout.
“We urge people to use the pedestrian crossings to safely cross the street.
“We will also put up temporary signs throughout the street to draw people’s attention to the layout.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18143394/shoulder-broke-tripping-kerb-council-refuse/ I broke my shoulder after tripping over a tiny curb… I told the council, who refuse to change it – I’m in excruciating pain