A seriously ill man who was badly hurt after tripping over broken pavement in Selby is seeking injury compensation over the incident.
Gordon Bainbridge, 64, was carrying shopping at the time he fell so he could not put his hands out to protect himself, leading to his sustaining severe facial injuries, the Selby Times reports.
He already suffers from heart problems and was almost prevented from undergoing vital heart valve surgery at Castle Hill Hospital because of the extent of his injuries.
"I’ve seen the elderly and other vulnerable people almost falling to the ground because of these raised paving slabs," his wife Sheila told the paper.
"I fear if the council doesn’t carry out repairs soon, it could have other compensation claims landing on its desk."
Authorities in the UK currently pay out more than GBP 50 million in compensation annually for poorly-maintained roads, according to campaign website potholes.co.uk.