Woman from Penrith receives over $250,000.00 after slip in food court

Published 01 Dec 2017

A Penrith woman has received a payout of over $250,000.00 following a slip and fall in a food court. Our client was performing her shopping duties. She was walking through the food court when she has slipped on a hot chip which had been left on the floor. As a result, our client has landed heavily on the floor, sustaining serious injury.

At the time of the accident, our client was employed. She required time off work as she required surgical intervention for her injuries. Accordingly, our client brought with her a claim for the following:

  1. Pain and Suffering;
  2. Past and future out of pocket expenses;
  3. Past and future economic loss;
  4. Past and future care and assistance.

This woman attended upon the expert public liability lawyers of Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation. During this consultation, our compensation lawyer discussed the claim generally with the client, on a no obligation basis. After taking a detailed history of the claim, the no win no fee structure was discussed and our client was happy for our firm to commence acting on her behalf.

This client had a number of injuries and accordingly a number of medical experts were required. Accordingly, her expert public liability solicitor arranged for her to attend upon a number of medical experts to comment on her injuries. These are included as disbursements of the claim and are payable upon the settlement of the claim.

At the same time as organising the medical aspect of the claim, the expert accident solicitor also arranged for a liability expert.

Satisfied that the claim had reasonable prospects of success, action was commenced in the District Court of NSW.

Upon commencing legal action, subpoenas were filed against the defendant’s requesting they provide us with information such as incident reports, CCTV footage and cleaning schedules. As the accident occurred in a food court, the ultimate allegation put forward by the Plaintiff was that the system of cleaning was inadequate, and an adequate system of cleaning would’ve send the hazard on the floor, and would have caused for it to be removed.

Once all evidence was obtained, our accredited personal injury lawyer invited the Defendant’s to an Informal Settlement Conference in an attempt to settle the matter outside of Court. Should the matter be unable to settle, it would then proceed to a Hearing before a Judge.

On the date of Informal Settlement Conference, our client and our expert public liability lawyer attended the offices of the Defendant solicitor. After several hours of negotiation, our client was delighted to accept a settlement figure in excess of $250,000.00.

If you or anybody you know has been involved in a public area accident please contact the expert personal injury solicitors at Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation to discuss your legal entitlements.