Injured party may sue council

A GOLD COAST man is considering legal action against the Clarence Valley Council after his wife tripped on a footpath and dislocated her elbow at Yamba.

Bob and Marie Davis were visiting Yamba a little over two weeks ago when Mrs Davis tripped on a footpath opposite the Calypso Caravan Park, on the corner of Yamba and Harbour streets.

Mr Davis said Marie suffered a sickening blow to her arm.

"She fell over and her elbow came straight through the skin and now she's got a compound dislocation," he said.

"It's the worst thing I've ever seen, for it to come straight out like that."

Mr Davis said the injury had left his wife unable to perform simple tasks.

"I've got to help my wife full-time now because she can't wash or dress or do anything," he said.

Clarence Valley Council manager of projects Jaco Maree said it was unlikely the state of the footpath contributed to the fall.

"We assess those paths on a sixmonthly basis," he said.

"Our asset engineer goes around and looks at everything ... and we measure the amount the path has been distorted and if it has we immediately repair it."

Mr Maree said the council followed a strict maintenance schedule.

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