A pensioner who was injured in a branch of Poundland after a display collapsed on her has won £3,000 in compensation. The display was advertising batteries but it had not been stacked correctly. As a result the display collapsed on her as she walked past it and knocked her over.
She ended up with a bruised hip and bruising to her legs, along with injuries to soft tissues. The injuries led her to visit Perth Royal Infirmary in Scotland to receive physiotherapy. Perth Sheriff Court heard the case after she brought a claim against the store for compensation. The court agreed that damages should be paid to the lady who was injured in store, who is 86.
The display was believed to have been loaded with hundreds of batteries but only on one side of the display stand. This meant there was a higher probability of it falling over, as it did in this case, injuring the lady in the process. The case led to the four-figure compensation for her and Poundland was also required to pay £4,000 to cover the costs of the legal bill. The result has now drawn a line under the unfortunate incident.
Were you injured in store?
Injuries can potentially occur in all kinds of ways. A spillage could lead to you slipping over if it was not marked out by warning cones or cleared up quickly. As we have seen in this example, injuries can be even worse if displays are overloaded or unevenly loaded, as this can raise the chance of them collapsing. If a customer is walking past at the time, injuries can be quite nasty. Other incidents have the potential to occur as well, so it is something to be aware of.
Seek professional no-obligation advice regarding compensation today
If you suffer injuries like this that were the fault of someone else, it is upsetting and can change your life. The first thing you should do, aside from receiving medical assistance of course, is to consult a professional injury compensation lawyer. They can advise you on your situation and determine whether there is a good chance of getting compensated for your injuries. Call the team at Accident Advice Helpline now to find out where you stand. Our 24/7 enquiry line is completely free to use and we’re here to take your call.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown