Medical help could have saved life of Padiham man (52)

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The family of a Padiham man who died after a fall at his home over the Easter weekend were told his death was accidental and he might have survived if he had sought medical attention.

Brian Anthony Walsh (52), of Stockbridge Road, died in the early hours of Easter Monday, April 6th, Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

Mr Walsh was alcohol-dependant and known to suffer falls while under the influence of drink.

It was believed he had started drinking heavily after his brother and daughter died within 12 months of each other, and he became more accident prone.

His partner, Christine Jackson, said he had a fall sometime on April 3rd, but he would not tell her where, or how, it happened.

Mr Walsh took the day off work as he claimed his neck was sore and, although he took painkillers, he didnot seek medical advice.

She found him dead around 3am on April 6th.

Pathologist Dr Richard Prescott, who conducted a post-mortem examination, concluded Mr Walsh died of an acute subdural haemorrhage due to a head injury.

He said Mr Walsh would not have known what was happening but awareness of the severity of the injury he sustained might have saved his life.

“Getting him to a hospital would have made a difference,” he said.

Ms Jackson said in a statement read out in court Mr Walsh was “not one for running to the doctor’s.”

Richard Taylor, senior coroner for East Lancashire, ruled that Mr Walsh’s death was an accident.

“It is quite clear he suffered a fall and had no idea how severe it was,” he said. “This seems nothing other than a straightforward fall. It could have happened to anyone.”