Uneven, poorly laid bitumen footpath

Reported in the General category by Helen Oxnam at 20:04, Thu 26 October 2017

Sent to City of Canada Bay Council less than a minute later

At 6 pm on 14th October I was visiting my brother in Dydney and walking up Bickleigh Street with my 11 year old nephew towards a pizza restaurant. Wearing sensible low heeled boots and walking at normal speed, and I am surefooted. My right foot twisted over on uneven bitumen close to grass and I fell sideways. I was carrying a bottle in my right hand, it smashed as I landed and I sustained two deep cuts to my left hand which wax extended to protect my fall. That night I had to locate and attend an emergency department at Concord Hospital, the arm was treated superficially and immobilised in a cast as there was glass deeply embedded in a cut; then return to the hospital for the whole of the next day prepped and awaiting a general anaesthetic and plastic surgery to clean the wounds thoroughly and remove a large piece of glass. This affected my holiday; along with shock and discomfort, it meant that I had to change flights, as I was booked to fly to Hobart on Monday but medically unready to fly. I will follow up with the Canada Bay Council as I am unhappy about what happened for myself through no fault of my own, and what could happen for other pedestrians, such as a father I saw walking up the street briskly with his toddler on his shoulders, or frail elders. I have a number of photos of the footpath.

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  • I understand from my relative in Abbotsford that the Council sent workers to improve the footpath in the vicinity where I tripped, but to my knowledge that spot has not yet been fixed.

    Posted by Helen Oxnam at 14:08, Wed 29 November 2017

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