Leicester woman falls, breaks ankle, receives £3,700

One woman from Leicestershire who fell at the Highcross shopping centre and suffered a broken ankle recently received a personal injury compensation award of £3,700 for her pain and suffering.

The injured woman, whose name was not made public at her request, fell after a slip on the bridge spanning the John Lewis store and the mall’s car park. The Highcross car park has been a hotbed of injuries recently, with an additional three women are making slip-and-trip accident claims for injuries they sustained in 2011 as well.

The woman who just received her compensation had actually slipped more than once on her way from the car park to the bridge, but had recovered sufficiently to avoid injury the initial time. However, once she reached the bridge, she slipped once more, falling to the floor and suffering torn ligaments and a broken ankle.

The surface of the car park is especially dangerous when it is wet, according to the three remaining claimants, as more than one reported their injuries to have occurred after a recent rain. One of the three women who suffered injury, known only as Mrs Ravat, recounted her experiences on 21 December of last year, where she lost her footing upon returning to her car at the end of a shopping trip with her daughter, leaving her with not just a nasty bump on her head but also a right femur that was fractured so badly that she needed emergency surgery to repair.

One spokesman for Highcross said that the shopping centre is aware of the incidents that have been occurring in the centre’s car park. However, the spokesman declined to comment further, claiming that it would not be appropriate to comment on any individual case while conducting their own review and investigation into the matter.

£3,775 in compensation for slip-and-trip at local Asda

A total of £3,775 in personal injury compensation has been paid to one shopper after her slip-and-trip at her local Asda supermarket left her with a serious ankle injury, according to the Hull Daily Mail newspaper.

Cindy Thompson, twenty four years old, had been shopping in East Hull’s Mount Plesant store when she tripped over some metal studs that were protruding from the floor, a remnant of the store’s recent refurbishment. The Hull, East Yorkshire native was rushed to hospital immediately following the incident, where it was determined by medical staff that a ligament in her ankle had torn; prior to the accident, Ms Thompson had been moving through the store before she tripped suddenly and sprawled against the trolley she had been pushing at the time, only to be struck by debilitating pain in her ankle – an ‘extremely helpful’ Asda staff member assisted her while she remained at the store until she could be taken to hospital, she added.

Ms Thompson decided to launch a personal injury claim against the store after she took legal advice. She was given a £3,775 compensation award for her pain and suffering.

All supermarkets and shops have a duty of care towards their customers and any other members of the public that may come inside, said one member of the injured woman’s legal team in a statement after the compensation award was made. Asda was unavailable for comment at the time of the publication of the news article.