Pensioner Russell Rossiter died three days after he fell over in a town centre pub.
The 87-year-old broke his hip after his legs ‘gave way’ as he walked back from the toilets at The Shrewsbury Arms in Stafford.
He underwent surgery at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, but died as a result of developing a blood clot.
An inquest into Mr Rossiter’s death heard he went to the Eastgate Street pub on the afternoon of December 27 last year.
In a statement, licensee Tom Hadley said: “At 4.45pm, I saw an elderly gentleman come into the pub alone. He ordered half a pint of beer. I could tell he was not under the influence of alcohol. After a few minutes, he asked where he could have a cigarette.
“When he came back, I saw him head in the direction of the toilets. He was then found on the floor by a customer.
“Asked what had happened, he said his legs had just gone when he came out of the toilet.”
An ambulance arrived and took Mr Rossiter, who lived in Stafford, to hospital. Doctors found he had a fractured femur and surgery took place on December 29.
Afterwards, Mr Rossiter – who suffered from a number of other health problems – was returned to the ward. But he was then found in a ‘collapsed state’. He was pronounced dead on December 30.
Doctors said he died from a cardiac arrest caused by a pulmonary embolism – the blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot.
North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley concluded that Mr Rossiter died as a result of complications of a fall.
He said: “I accept the evidence that Mr Rossiter simply felt his legs give way when he returned from the toilet. He fell to the ground. He fractured his hip. That required surgery which was undertaken without difficulty.
“He was given medication to prevent blood clots. Sadly, there is always a risk for those that have undergone surgery. There’s no suggestion of a failure of care.”