In this matter, we acted for a client who suffered injuries after slipping and falling in the fresh produce area of his local supermarket on what he later discovered to be to vegetable scraps left on the floor. As a result of the fall, our client fell heavily to the floor and suffered soft tissue injuries to his right shoulder and left knee.
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 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 occupational physician for the purposes of obtaining an expert report. The purpose of this report was to provide a diagnosis of our client’s injuries and disabilities as well as a prognosis outlining the extent that his compensable injuries will impact upon his future, including ongoing treatment and domestic care and assistance requirements.
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. After extensive negotiations at the settlement conference and ongoing offers over the course of the following week, 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.