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Man’s false leg snaps in pothole fall

Stephen Strassen of Boston who snapped his prosthetic leg on a pothole near his home. EMN-140324-155959001

Stephen Strassen of Boston who snapped his prosthetic leg on a pothole near his home. EMN-140324-155959001

An amputee from Boston has been left in severe pain after tripping on a pothole, snapping his prosthetic leg and splitting his leg stump open.

Stephen Strassen, of Tattershall Road, said he was in ‘agony’ after falling on a pothole-ridden lane near his home. The accident resulted in him taking months off work, undergoing surgery and suffering ongoing pain.

“I stepped in to a pothole, snapping my foot off and forcing my stump out of the prosthesis,” he said.

“My stump hit the ground with such force there was a big thump – it was agony. I had to call out to my wife who thankfully heard me.”

Photos of his injuries were provided to The Standard, but deemed too graphic to print.

Mr Strassen lost his leg eight years ago in a car crash, but says after a long recovery period he was getting back to normal and working again when he fell on the pothole in January last year.

“I was devastated,” he said. “It was like going back to square one again. I had been walking around fine before the fall. I’m off work again now and only managed to do two months last year so have lost a lot of money. I’ve got a new prosthetic leg but, because of the problems with my stump constantly flaring up, it doesn’t fit properly and is painful.”

Mr Strassen contacted The Standard as he feels the county council, which owns the lane, should have done something to repair the uneven surface when he alerted them to it three years ago. He is now seeking legal action.

“I really don’t think they care at all,” he said. “It’s a really uneven road and nothing has been done about it.”

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “We were sorry to hear of the gentleman’s accident, however, this claim has been denied following consideration of the normal legal principles that apply in connection with a claim of this nature.”

 

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