AN elderly woman is preparing to sue Fraser Coast Regional Council after a heavy fall on a footpath that left her with a broken bone in her wrist, stitches and severe bruising and lacerations to arms and legs.
Mrs Rosalie Strang claims that she was walking along the footpath in Hunter St, Hervey Bay, with her son David when a loose plank in a section of wooden walkway flew up and struck her.
Mrs Strang said she fell to the ground after her foot became stuck in the hole exposed by the movement of the board.
She said as a result a cast was applied to her broken wrist, she had stitches inserted in two fingers, and six more stitches in a deep gash in her instep.
The Strang family comes to Hervey Bay every year for holidays but this year things have been very different for them.
“There has been no holiday, absolutely no holiday,” Mrs Strang said.
“I have been that stressed out over it.
“So I am going to see my solicitor when I get back home to Redcliffe as I don’t know what else to do.”
An eyewitness, Samantha Campbell, said she was horrified with what she saw when Mrs Strang collapsed to the footpath.
“I was standing outside the dentists waiting for mum when Dave and his mother came walking past, talking,” Ms Campbell said.
“These boards were not screwed into the ground and it popped up.
“She put her legs through the hole, she was real busted up.
“It was really bad, really shocking, she had cuts all up her arms and legs.”
Ms Campbell said an employee of a nearby dentist also came to Mrs Strang’s aid.
Between them they arranged for her to be transported to Hervey Bay Hospital.
Council CEO Lisa Desmond said the council was aware that Mrs Strang was injured after tripping on a wooden footbridge in Hunter St on August 11 and that staff discussed the incident with her the day after it happened.
“Council regrets that Mrs Strang was injured,” Ms Desmond said.
“The footbridge is council’s responsibility.
"The boards were laid on the footbridge a few years ago and it appears that the screws on one end were missing.
“Ms Desmond said the council secured the board the same day the accident occurred."
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