PUBLISHED 01 Jul 2013

Our 59-year old client was attempting to sweep leaves and flowers from her daughter’s verandah when she slipped and fell.

Medical issues

Our client fractured her right ankle and later developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and an embolism which resulted in pneumonia.

She had difficulty performing her own household maintenance and climbing and, as she lived alone, required assistance from her children in carrying out these tasks.

Our client was off work for a number of weeks as a result of her injury but eventually returned to her full-time work.

Court proceedings

We commenced Court proceedings as the public liability insurer for our client’s daughter would not agree to an informal settlement conference. We claimed negligence for failing to remove the debris prior to our client attending and failing to ensure there was a mat on the floor which was known to be slippery.

The Defendant denied negligence and claimed our client failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to take care for her own safety.


The matter ultimately settled at an Informal Settlement Conference for $120,000. Our client was extremely happy with the result.

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