Slip & Fall at Supermarket Settles for $140,000

PUBLISHED 04 Aug 2014

Our 50-year old client slipped in a puddle of water in front of the freezer section in her local supermarket and fractured her right wrist.

Medical issues

Our client suffered a comminuted fracture in her right wrist but luckily managed to avoid surgery. However, she has been left with ongoing problems in her right wrist and she is unable to bend or flex her wrist in all directions.

Our client was not working at the time of her injury and she has struggled with the upkeep of her home which she was previously able to carry out and which her children had now taken over.

Court proceedings

We commenced Court proceedings against the supermarket and claimed negligence for failing to inspect the freezers, place matting in front of them and failing to warn of the existence of the puddle of water.

The Defendant denied negligence and claimed it had a cleaning system in place which identified spillages and it regularly cleaned any spillages which were identified. Additionally, the Defendant claimed our client contributed to her own injury as the puddle of water was an obvious risk and our client merely failed to watch where she was walking and avoid the water.

Settlement

The Defendant agreed to attend an Informal Settlement Conference and our client was pleased to settle her claim for the sum of $140,000.

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