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Jean Pamela Hadlow suffered a fractured hip in March 2007 when she fell over a chair at Clare Lodge in Glinton, an establishment set up by Peterborough City Council to help teenage girls under section 25 of the Children Act 1989.
The 67-year-old was originally granted this five-figure sum in January, but the local authority then appealed against the ruling on the basis that she had been victim of no more than an "unfortunate accident" that could not have been avoided, meaning it was not liable to pay damages.
However, London's Court of Appeal has dismissed this claim on the grounds that the 67-year-old was in fact hurt because of a "breach of duty" by the council.
It was revealed to be the policy of the authority for one member of staff to not have to supervise more than two pupils at the institution alone, but, at the time of her fall, she was caring for three people.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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