£3,500 Settlement Following Slip in Supermarket

£3,500 Settlement Following Slip in Supermarket

A Midlands pensioner slipped in his local Iceland Store and fractured his left wrist.

Mr X was walking down an aisle when he slipped on a flattened cardboard box, which had been left on the shop floor by a member of staff.  He fell forward onto his outstretched arm and sustained injury.

Unfortunately Mr X died of an unrelated pre-existing condition just over 6 months following the accident and had not left a will.

Miss Toni Long, Solicitor, of Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham Office brought a claim on behalf of the deceased's next of kin against the supermarket for personal injuries sustained.

The matter settled out of Court in the sum of £3,500.  This settlement formed part of the decease's estate, to be dealt with in accordance with the rules of intestacy.

Miss Toni Long stated that "this was a clear and blatant breach of the duty of care owed by supermarkets to customers visiting their stores.  More care should be taken by supermarkets to ensure that during opening hours there are no obstructions or spillages on the shop floor".

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