A woman who was injured in an accident in a warehouse successfully pursued a claim for compensation.
In May 2016, the woman was shopping in a wholesale warehouse operated by the Defendant. She was pushing a trolley when she slipped on a trail of water which had been left by a cleaning machine on one of the aisles. Despite the wet condition of the floor, there were no warning displays alerting users to the danger the floor posed. Unfortunately, as the woman slipped, she caught her right leg on the underside of the trolley.
At the time of the accident the women’s leg only bled a small amount. However, two weeks later the wound had still not healed and she sought advice from her GP. The laceration had developed into a venous leg ulcer and she required compression bandaging. The bandages required changing by district nurses until June 2017.
The woman’s wound had eventually healed some 26 months after the accident. However, she had to wear below-knee graduated compression socks.
She was left with scarring measuring approximately 2.5cm wide by 4cm long. She was advised to not expose her leg to the sun. She would have to wear below-knee graduated compression socks for the long term and was an increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis when travelling.
The woman was employed as a publican. After the accident, she experienced difficulty carrying out certain tasks such as moving barrels and working in the cellar. Her medical expert believed that the ulcer had affected her career as she was limited as to how long she was able to stand. Once her ulcer had healed her work was no longer affected.
C was employed as a publican. After the accident she experienced difficulty carrying out certain tasks such as moving barrels and working in the cellar. C's medical expert believed that the ulcer had affected C's career as she was limited as to how long she was able to stand.
The claim was settled out of Court for £10,429.00.
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy, specialist personal injury lawyer, says:
“Occupiers have a duty to visitors to ensure that they are reasonably safe whilst using the premises. In this case, it is clear that there was a breach of the Defendant’s duty of care in failing to take such precautions to see that the woman was safe whilst using the premises. A claimant will need input from a specialist solicitor to advise on whether there has been a breach of duty of care. Biscoes Personal Injury team have a wealth of experience in this field and are also dual trained health and safety specialists.”
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