Coroner calls for improvement of stairlift safety

The family of a woman from Cambridgeshire who died after being thrown from a stairlift have called for improvements to thousands of devices to protect the public.

Ann Veal, 68, from Petersborough, died 11 months after being left paralysed from the chest down when she fell down a flight of stairs after her stairlift broke in April 2011.

Ann Veal, 68, died 11 months after being left paralysed from the chest down when she fell down the stairs because her stairlift broke.
Ann Veal, 68, died 11 months after being left paralysed from the chest down when she fell down the stairs because her stairlift broke. Credit: PA

After an inquest opened last week, coroner David Hemming said he would write a report calling for action to improve safety of the devices.

Mrs Veal's daughter, Sharon Veal-Gray, said: "We were devastated at my mum's death, she was always so caring and kind and did not deserve such pain and suffering."

"We never thought that a device fitted to help her around the home would cause such serious injuries and ultimately her death," she added.

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