A West Sussex grandfather who had to have his leg amputated after it was fractured in a fall, has been awarded £160,000 in compensation.
Sixty seven year old Edward Tuffrey, who was living in Barnes Avenue, Barnes, at the time of the accident, was out walking his dog at the Suffolk Road Recreation Ground, when he fell into a ten inch deep hole and fractured his leg in three places.
Mr. Tuffrey who now lives in West Sussex, told the Richmond Guardian newspaper, that he had to have a metal plate inserted into his leg, which later snapped causing massive complications and led to his leg becoming infected. He was later told that the limb could not be saved and surgeons were forced to amputate.
Mr. Tuffrey launched a claim for personal injury compensation against Richmond Council, who originally denied liability for the incident.
However, a hearing at the Mayor and City of London Court, ruled in favour of the former window cleaner and he was later awarded £160,000 in damages, following negotiations with Richmond Council.
The council did plan on appealing this decision but after taking legal advice realised that an unsuccessful appeal could incur a significant extra cost, which would not be in the best interest of the tax payer, so agreed to compensate Mr. Tuffrey in an out of court settlement.
Mr Tuffrey, who now wears a prosthetic limb, stated that he was pleased with the final financial outcome but added that he would much rather have his leg back.