Saturday 17 March 2018

Pensioner claims he broke leg after slipping on badly repaired footpath while clearing snow

William Moran PIC: COURTPIX
William Moran PIC: COURTPIX

Tim Healy

A pensioner claims he broke his leg when he claimed he slipped on a badly repaired footpath while clearing snow and ice from outside a neighbour's house.

William Moran (76) is suing Fingal Co Council over the accident on December 8, 2010 at Sheepmore Grove, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

The council denies his claims and says he slipped on ice during the bad winter of 2010/11.

Mr Moran said he had cleared snow from outside his home and that of an elderly neighbour.

He was scattering salt to melt the ice when he tripped on an uneven pathway outside the neighbour's house.  He claimed the pathway was left in that condition as a result of footpath repairs carried out some years earlier on behalf of the council.

He suffered a double fracture to his his left leg and required surgery in which plates and screws were inserted into his leg.  He was on crutches for more than seven months and still suffers pain, particularly when it is cold.  

Under cross-examination by Colm Power Condon SC, for the council,  he denied the ground was extremely slippery because, he said, he had removed 90pc of the snow and ice by the time the accident happened.

He said he did not know why medical staff in the hospital he was taken to had noted he told them he had "slipped on ice".

The case resumes next week.

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