Mr Smith of Sheffield won his claim against Autoworld with the help of one of our expert public accident lawyers, Katrina Elsey.
Mr Smith and his wife Christine, had gone to the car dealership to collect her car, which had been with the company for repairs.
The Smiths had been in conversation with an Autoworld sales assistant when he stepped backwards putting his foot into a bucket left by a cleaner, causing the bucket to tip over. This caused him to slip on the water, landing awkwardly on the floor.
Mr Smith injured his right thumb as a result of the fall but despite being in some discomfort, didn’t realise the full extent of the injury until later that evening. When his thumb stiffened up and the pain had become so excruciating he decided to attend the Royal Hallamshire Hospital for a check up.
X-rays showed that he had a fracture to the top of his thumb causing him to wear a plaster cast on his hand for 10 days. He also had to attend regular follow up appointments at the fracture clinic at the Northern General Hospital, as well as make visits for occupational therapy.
As a result of the fracture, Mr Smith was not only unable to work for 13 weeks but could not wash, bathe, get dressed or undertake domestic chores for around a month without the help of his wife, who acted as his personal carer during this time.
Commenting on the outcome of just under £4,000 in compensation, Katrina Elsey said:
"We are satisfied that Mr Smith has been compensated for his injury and loss of earnings.
"Companies need to realise they have a duty of care to their customers, ensuring they are kept safe whilst on their premises, and make sure all staff are briefed on and understand health and safety procedures."
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