Trip and Fall at Caravan Park Public liability Claim Settles for $200,000

PUBLISHED 28 Mar 2014

Our 58-year old client was visiting some friends at a caravan park in their cabin. She left their cabin after dark. The lighting at the front door of the cabin did not extend beyond a few metres and our client then had to walk along a darkened verandah and take a step down onto a concrete slab which was surrounded by pebbles.

The step from the verandah was a large step and, as our client attempted to step down from the verandah her foot landed on the concrete slab which she had not seen causing her leg to twist and she fell.

Medical issues

Whilst our client did not fracture her ankle she suffered from pain for over a month before a doctor diagnosed her as having a tear in the ligament of her ankle. She had surgery to repair the tear but still suffered from pain. It was then discovered she had damaged a nerve in her ankle and she required further surgery to correct this.

Court proceedings

We commenced public liability proceedings against the owner of the caravan park and claimed negligence for failing to build steps from the verandah, to provide adequate lighting and to ensure the cabin was safe for visitors and patrons.

The Defendant denied negligence and claimed our client had failed to take any care for her own safety and had failed to pay proper attention to her surroundings.

Settlement

The matter settled out of Court and the Defendant ultimately agreed to pay $200,000 to our client who had suffered a trip and fall in a caravan park.

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