Woman underwent emergency treatment for a serious head injury after falling in Lymington High Street
An investigation is underway after an elderly shopper suffered “life-changing” head injuries tripping over uneven paving slabs on Lymington High Street.
The woman, who does not want to be named, was rushed to Southampton General Hospital for emergency treatment after falling outside Peacock Computers on 18th December.
Staff at the computer repair business and nearby Mountain Warehouse came to the woman’s aid, wrapping her in a blanket while emergency crews arrived at the scene.
The woman’s family confirmed she had suffered a serious “life-changing” injury and was treated in hospital for several days.
Peacock Computers owner James Peacock said several of his customers have complained to him about the state of Lymington’s high street.
He said: “There are several broken and uneven paving slabs. Some of them rock so much that there is a three-inch overlap.
“I’ve had a fair number of people come into the store who have said the pavement is terrible and complained about the general state of the High Street.”
Mr Peacock added: “The High Street is in disrepair while its businesses are subjected to high rates, customers are subjected to parking fines and fees, and household council taxes are subject to a rise.”
Following the incident, a relative of the fall victim posted a message online thanking those who came to her aid. He also asked anyone who saw her fall to contact him with details.
A staff member at Mountain Warehouse replied to wish the woman well in her recovery. The shop worker added: “Our team at Mountain Warehouse didn’t see until after she was on the ground, but (we) provided an emergency blanket when we realised just how windy the conditions were and (we) wanted her to stay warm.”
A Hampshire County Council spokesperson said: “We were very sorry to learn of this incident and are currently seeking further detailed information as to the circumstances. While we investigate, we are unable to comment further.”
Following the fall, Lymington mayor Jack Davies said: “The general state of the High Street is something that concerns all of us in Lymington and Pennington.
“It’s horrible to hear about the poor woman who fell in the High Street and has suffered serious injuries as a result.
“I hope that Hampshire County Council listen to the people who are calling for pavements in the High Street to be kept to a safe standard, and I will be writing to the county council to urge them to make it a priority.”