No wet floor signs at large shopping centre causes injured local lady to sue for compensation, successfully
Published 12 Jul 2018
This matter involved our client in Sydney who was walking through a large shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon in January 2017.
Without any warning, her feet suddenly slipped out from underneath her and she landed heavily on her right wrist. As she lay on the floor, she could see a cleaner not very far away who was mopping the floor. No-one had bothered to put the wet floor signs out to warn people, and other customers in the shopping centre said that they had seen someone just a few minutes earlier also have a fall but he was able to get up and walk away. Unfortunately our client was not so lucky.
Our client went straight to hospital where an X-Ray and MRI scan showed a serious facture of her wrist.
Our client was not working at the time of her fall because she had been caring for a very sick relative but our client was about to return to work when this terrible injury happened. Unable to work and distraught at this situation, our client contacted Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers.
We carried out our own investigations and quickly discovered that the shopping centre had CCTV which showed exactly what had happened.
Under our “No Win No Fee” personal injury cost agreement, we took care of all costs associated with these investigations and all of the other preparation of our client’s claim.
At Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers, we realise to get maximum compensation, the best way is to start proceedings in the District Court of NSW. As this was being done, we arranged for our client to be assessed by a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. That report was supportive of our client’s claim and supported the opinion of her own doctors.
Even though we had commenced proceedings in court, our client wanted her matter resolved as soon as she knew the extent of her disabilities. Her continuing problems caused her problems in her day-to-day life, but despite these problems, she was able, after 6 months to obtain employment.
At Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers, we regularly have insurance companies participate in a settlement conference prior to a matter being heard by a Judge. We know the most experience Barristers to assist us and our clients at these negotiations and we were able to resolve our client’s matter for $80,000.00.
Our client was very pleased with the outcome of the case. The amount of compensation reflected what she had been through and recognised how her life had changed. Fortunately, she was able to return to work so the compensation she received properly reflected her injuries and allowed her to get on with her life and enjoy time with her family and friends.