Monday, 5 December, 2011
A woman, who sustained shoulder and hip injuries when slipping on the access bridge to a Leicestershire shopping centre, has secured compensation for slipping on a wet surface in a shopping centre.
Gweneth Bowler from Quorn in Leicestershire was at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester with her daughter when the accident happened in January 2011. The 64-year old grandmother was walking through a covered walkway which connects the shopping centre car park with the stores, when she slipped on a wet surface and fractured her rights shoulder and hip in the fall.
While recovering from her injuries, Gweneth contacted Leicester City Council about the hazard, prompting the council to initiate a health and safety inspection. The inspection revealed several places where the owners of the shopping centre – Hammerson PLC – were failing in their health and safety obligations including a lack of cleaning to prevent the floor surface of the walkway from becoming slippery in bad weather.
After taking legal counsel, Gweneth filed a claim for slips, trips and falls compensationagainst Hammerson PLC and, with negligence by the owners already established, the claim was quickly resolved for an undisclosed sum.
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