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A pensioner is claiming compensation from Essex County Council after sustaining a serious knee injury when a pavement collapsed underneath him.
According to the Daily Gazette, 69-year-old Mick Dempsey is suing the Council for injuries that needed full reconstructive surgery on his knee after the accident occurred in Colchester in September 2009.
Mr. Dempsey was injured when part of the pavement surface of Brook Street crumbled as he walked along it and he claims his left knee is now damaged beyond repair; despite medical treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
Consequently, the keen runner has had to shelve his ambition of competing in the London Marathon as he is not physically able to jog.
"I would have been running between 12 and 15 miles a day and I was aiming to do the marathon but that never happened, and now it never will," he told the Daily Gazette.
Councils have a responsibility to protect the safety of the public while they are on Council property, whether it’s on a public path, a road, in a park or in a Council run leisure centre or Council office.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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