Letter: Legal plight of pensioners after 999 call.
Dear Editor, A recent incident in Louth, Lincolnshire, has caused alarm in pensioner households.
Two elderly pensioners, married, had cause to call an ambulance because the wife was having an angina attack.
Two ambulance men were soon on scene. They entered the house, while one left to collect a stretcher. On his return, the security light failed and the ambulanceman fell and damaged his ankle.
Two further ambulances were called - one took the elderly lady to hospital and the other transported the injured ambulanceman to a second hospital.
Some two months later, the elderly couple received a letter from a firm of solicitors representing the injured ambulanceman, who were seeking damages for the injuries.
This was due to the security light failing and the fact that the ambulanceman was not covered by insurance because he was injured outside the ambulance.
He has not sought the help of his local authority but was carrying out his claim on the advice of his union.
As I understand it, owners and tenants without a public liability insurance could be in a difficult position.
Whether the insurance cover for Lincolnshire ambulancemen is the same throughout the UK I do not know, but I intend to find out.
National Pensioners Convention, Wolverhampton