$120,000 Settlement Secured for Elderly Woman After Fall at Shopping Centre in Newcastle

PUBLISHED 20 Jul 2020

Our client was walking through the food court of her local Shopping Centre in Newcastle, when she slipped and fell on a tomato left on the floor. She landed in a splits position with her right knee bent under her body and her left leg extended.

Our client received assistance from witnesses on a table close by, who waited with her until an ambulance arrived. She was taken away on a stretcher by paramedics and put in a Zimmer splint. As a result of the fall, our client suffered injuries to her right hand, right knee, right leg, right ankle, left hand, left leg and left knee.

X-rays taken at the hospital indicated no fractures and she was advised to rest. She was also given a walking stick to aid mobility and engaged in physiotherapy. Despite this, our client continued to experience increasing pain and difficulty managing.

Our client decided to speak with someone regarding the incident. She contacted the Public Liability team at Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free and confidential consultation. Our expert solicitors were able to assess her claim and promptly advise her of her rights.

The GMP team made contact with the Shopping Centre to collect all the relevant documents relating to the incident. After investigating the full extent of the claim and damages, Gerard Malouf & Partners engaged the Shopping Centre in settlement discussions.

When assessing compensation, there were a number of factors which negated our client’s claim for past or future economic loss. Our client had pre-existing injuries to her knees, right heel and ankle as well other medical conditions. She had also remained fairly independent with occasional domestic assistance at home from her son.

Despite this, Gerard Malouf & Partners were able to connect our client’s injuries and ongoing conditions to the subject accident and successfully negotiate a final settlement figure of $120,000.

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