A woman´s claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds has been settled out of court three years after the former employee´s accident.
In the summer of 2014, Libby Gifford (20) was working as a catering assistant at the Rush Green branch of McDonalds in Hertfordshire, when she slipped and fell on a wet floor – landing on her back and sustaining an injury to her coccyx.
Libby´s injury prevented her from working, disturbed her sleep and made it impossible for her to sit still for long periods. She sought medical attention and underwent a course of physiotherapy, after which she approached her branch manager to ask about compensation.
The branch manager refused to consider Libby´s request, so she sought legal advice from a solicitor and made a formal claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds. In her claim, Libby alleged that McDonalds had been negligent by failing to place signs on or by the wet floor warning of the hazard.
McDonalds denied liability for Libby´s injury, but her solicitor pursued the claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds. Now, three years after Libby´s accident, the restaurant chain has agreed to a £2,500 out of court compensation settlement without an admission of liability.
Speaking with her local paper after the claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds had been resolved, Libby – who now lives in Nottinghamshire – said:
“I am really happy that this is all over and I have the compensation that I deserve. I slipped and fell straight on my backside and it was quite embarrassing as everyone started laughing. After it happened there wasn’t any pain initially but then my back seized up and it hurt to sit still for long periods. It has taken a while but I am glad an agreement could be reached.”