Family confirms Milton Keynes stair lift fall victim has died

Leslie Taylor
Leslie Taylor

A pensioner at the centre of a legal claim following a fall from a stair lift has died.

Leslie Taylor, 93, was receiving ongoing treatment after he was seriously injured following the accident in his home in Downs Barn in December last year.

Solicitors acting on behalf of his daughter confirmed Mr Taylor died on Friday.

Mr Taylor’s daughter had instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell to investigate why the stair lift seat detached from the lift when Mr Taylor began to descend, resulting in him being thrown backwards down a flight of stairs.

They have asked Milton Keynes Council and Handicare Ltd, which were contracted by the council to install and maintain the seat, about what action was taken to ensure that the stairlift was safe.

Mr Taylor sustained fractures to his neck, back, a broken rib which caused injuries to his lung resulting in pneumonia, a haematoma the length of his right side and the loss of a tooth following the incident on December 5.

At the time, his three daughters said they believed their father had been robbed of his last few years of independence, as he was unable to walk and was also doubly incontinent.

Irwin Mitchell has confirmed that despite Mr Taylor’s death, the family still intends to take legal action if investigations conclude that there was any negligence on behalf of the council or its contractor.