Woman hurt after wheelchair careers down Rushden hill

Lisa Conisbee was injured in Rushden
Lisa Conisbee was injured in Rushden

A mother is taking legal action against a care company after one of its workers is alleged to have left her daughter’s wheelchair unattended without brakes on, leaving her to career down a sloping pavement.

Lisa Conisbee, 27, of Third Avenue, Wellingborough, has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair dependent.

Lisa Conisbee's injuries

Lisa Conisbee's injuries

She also suffers from spinal problems, epilepsy and partial blindness.

While Lisa was taking a trip to Rushden town centre by bus with two care workers on April 23, 2013, her wheelchair started rolling down the slope in Skinners Hill.

Lisa’s chair picked up momentum and she fell into the road off a kerb, landing on her head and leaving her with injuries to her face, hands and knees.

Lisa’s mother, Penny Nadal, is now taking legal action against the care provider, instructing lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to bring justice for her daughter.

Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are investigating allegations that the worker left Lisa unattended on a slope without the brakes being applied.

Sophie Davies, an expert personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing the family, has called for the firm employing the care workers, which has denied liability, to work with the law firm to resolve the case.

She said: “This is a truly shocking incident and if Lisa’s wheelchair had collided with oncoming traffic we could be talking about an entirely different outcome.

“Lisa has suffered enough through life as she has battled through various disabilities and learning difficulties.

“The family put their trust in the care providers to ensure Lisa could have a safe and fun day out but sadly it seems as though this was not the case.

“We will now be investigating the evidence and pushing for a quick solution to this situation.

“The worst part of this for Lisa is the psychological outcome rather than the physical injuries.

“To Lisa her wheelchair is a safe place to be and in her mind carers are safe people to be with, but this trust has been shattered and she is forced into yet another setback in her life.

“We need to investigate why Lisa was left unattended and why she was allowed to roll down a slope.

“For the sake of Lisa and her mother we hope that this situation is concluded quickly so she can move on with her life and refocus attention on getting the best care for Lisa.”

Speaking of the ordeal, Lisa’s mum Penny said: “To say I am absolutely appalled and angry is an understatement.

“My daughter was placed in the carers hands to be looked after and you have to have an understanding of trust.

“I feel betrayed that this has happened to Lisa and just want to understand exactly how it could happen.

“My daughter has suffered her whole life and this will leave a lasting mental scar.

“Trust has to be earned with my daughter and she always felt safe in her wheelchair but this incident has left her traumatised.

“If a vehicle had been coming the other way she could have been killed.

“When the paramedics phoned me I could hear Lisa screaming.

“They were concerned because she suffers from seizures which can sometimes last over an hour which again is life-threatening.

“I don’t believe the brakes could have been applied, otherwise she would never have rolled down the hill.

“She should have never been left on her own in the first place.

“Lisa has been left with a scar above her eye and the injury took two months to recover.

“Since the accident she has been very quiet and subdued and is nowhere near as happy as she used to be.

“She has even said things like ‘don’t let them tip me out’ when getting in her wheelchair.

“My poor girl has been through enough and I hope this can come to a quick conclusion so we can just move on with our lives.”