Woman’s stair­way to hell

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY lea.emery@news.com.au

A MER­MAID BEACH woman frac­tured the base of her neck and broke her an­kle af­ter she fell down the stairs in her unit block be­cause there were no lights in the stair­well, court doc­u­ments have claimed.

Nola El­iz­a­beth Hyde, 56, is ask­ing for three-quar­ters of a mil­lion dol­lars in com­pen­sa­tion from the owner and body cor­po­rate of Tur­tle Beach Re­sort for the in­juries which left her un­able to work in her job as a sales as­sis­tant.

Ms Hyde was still un­able to work full-time as re­cently as last month, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in the South­port Dis­trict Court.

There is a risk she may never be able to work full-time again af­ter the ac­ci­dent on Septem­ber 18, 2016.

“(Ms Hyde) will suf­fer ad­di­tional and dis­crete im­pair­ments to her earn­ing ca­pac­ity in the fu­ture ... were the on- go­ing symp­toms of her in­juries to force her to re­tire from all em­ploy­ment pre­ma­turely,” the doc­u­ments read.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred when Ms Hyde was walk­ing up a flight of stairs to her level 2 unit in com­plete dark­ness.

“The stan­dard ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing which would or­di­nar­ily il­lu­mi­nate the stair­way was not work­ing,” the doc­u­ments said.

“The emer­gency light­ing which would or­di­nar­ily ac­ti­vate in the event of the fail­ure of the stan­dard light­ing was not work­ing.”

Ms Hyde lost her foot­ing at the top of the stairs and fell down the en­tire flight of steps.

The fall left her with a frac­tured ver­te­brae in the base of her neck, a disc pro­tru­sion and a frac­tured an­kle.

Ms Hyde spent time in a wheel­chair and crutches and wore a col­lar to sta­bilise her neck for three months.

Tur­tle Beach Re­sort did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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