Stairs fall led to death of Barnoldswick woman

Marian Stansfield
Marian Stansfield

The death of a 75-year-old Barnoldswick woman in September has been concluded as accidental.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said Marian Stansfield, of Brogden Street, died on September 30th in Airedale Hospital six weeks after a fall.

She had been found collapsed at her home by a neighbour on August 21st and had suffered severe chest injuries.

Mrs Stansfield was rushed to Airedale Hospital before being transferred immediately to Leeds and then back to Airedale where she died.

Mr Taylor told the inquest that Julian Hood, a consultant in the intensive care unit at Airedale, had offered a cause of death in three parts; as acute respiratory chest syndrome, chest trauma and a mechanical fall.

A statement from David James Hawthorne, Mrs Stansfield’s son, was read out at the inquest and he said she had suffered a number of falls previously.

Mr Hawthorne had spoken to his mother a couple of days before the fall and she had “seemed in good spirits”.

He said he had spoken to his mother after the fall and she had told him she was in bed and had got up to get a glass of water.

Mrs Stansfield had told her son she had felt her knee give way at the top of the stairs before she fell and hit the door at the bottom.