54 Year Old Man From Newcastle Area Compensated $110,000.00 After Fall At Supermarket

Published 12 Sep 2017

In this matter, we acted for a client who suffered injuries after falling on a slippery area of floor in the fresh produce area of the supermarket, caused by spilt liquid. As a result of the fall, our client fell heavily to the floor, causing him to suffer a number of injuries.

Our client sought a personal injury lawyer to investigate his claim and contacted Gerard Malouf & Partners for advice on his rights and entitlements to compensation.

After obtaining our client’s initial instructions and completing our initial investigations with respect to the accident, we were in a position to commence proceedings against the subject supermarket.  

It was alleged that the Defendant failed to take reasonable care for the safety of our client and other patrons to the supermarket. This included a failure to adequately inspect the produce area of the supermarket, clean contaminates on the floors or warn patrons of the hazard so as to avoid the risk of harm materialising.

Upon commencement of proceedings, the Defendant strongly denied that they were negligent in the circumstances of our client’s accident.

In order to assess the extent of our client’s injuries and ongoing disabilities, we arranged for our client to be examined by an orthopaedic specialist for the purposes of obtaining an expert report. The purpose of this report was to ascertain a diagnosis of our client’s injuries and disabilities arising from the subject accident and provide a prognosis as to the extent that his compensable injuries will impact upon his future.

Upon completion of the service of our client’s medical and liability expert evidence, we were in a position to invite the Defendant to participate in an Informal Settlement Conference to ascertain whether the parties could come to fair and reasonable resolution for our client’s claim. The Defendant was willing to participate in a settlement conference and discuss the resolution of our client’s claim. After extensive negotiations on the day, we were able to successfully negotiate a fair and just outcome for our client and resolve his claim. 

Our client was happy with the result we were able to obtain without the need to proceed further to a hearing of his claim.

If you have suffered injuries due to a fall in a supermarket, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact our offices on 1800 004 878 to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced solicitors.