Katrina Elsey, of Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Public Liability Team has won an out of court settlement of £2000 for a client after she suffered injuries while using an escalator in a Tesco supermarket.
Our client was visiting the supermarket on 8th May 2010 when she suffered injuries to her leg and knee while shopping. She was going down on the escalator when her shoelace caught on a screw which had been left to protrude from the escalator. Her legs were dragged from underneath her and her knee struck the moving surface.
The woman attended her local hospital where, luckily, an x-ray found that she did not have any broken bones. She did, however, suffer bruising and soft tissue damage to her calf and knee and suffered pain in her left calf for two months.
Due to her injuries, our client was unable to do her own shopping for several weeks after the accident and was forced to rely heavily on her family. She was also unable to enjoy her regular hobbies of walking and gardening.
Despite Tesco denying liability for the accident, Katrina Elsey, a specialist solicitor in public liability at Irwin Mitchell, argued that the screw should have been noticed and that the accident could have been avoided. Tesco finally agreed to an out of court settlement of £2000.
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