Paisley, Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland is perhaps most famous for the weaving and textiles industry that dominated here at the beginning of the last century. We have all heard of the famous Paisley pattern on ties and scarves in particular. However, it has been reported that Paisley played a significant role in the history of personal injury claims and in the process of claiming compensation.
Injury claims in Paisley – waiter, there’s a snail my beer!
A woman found a dead snail in a bottle of ginger beer in a Paisley café in 1928. She became ill and sued the manufacturer for negligence. There was a landmark court case in which it was established that ‘manufacturers owe a duty not to do foreseeable harm to others by negligence.’ Sometimes this case is referred to as the Paisley snail case. Let’s consider what would happen if the Paisley snail case occurred in Paisley today and if the injury claims office of the law firm Accident Advice Helpline became involved in the case.
Mrs S was sitting in a café in Paisley with her friends. They all ordered bottles of ginger beer and Mrs S drank hers slowly over ten minutes. She was just draining the last of the ginger beer when she noticed something in the bottom of the bottle. To her horror she discovered that it was a snail. She was worried that she may become ill and so she took the bottle and snail home with her in case they had to be tested. The next day, she started to feel ill and suffered diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting and had to consult her doctor. She was convinced that the snail contaminated her ginger beer and caused her to be ill.
Injury claims in Paisley – getting legal help
These days it is likely that Mrs S would call a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. She would probably get their number from the Internet and her call would be handled by one of the highly-trained, professional advisers who would listen to all the details about the incident and of her injuries – the stomach upset. She would be advised that in order to claim compensation she would have to show that the manufacturer of the ginger beer at been at fault for her illness.
Injury claims in Paisley – handling the claim
If the case was taken on by the injury claims team at Accident Advice Helpline she would be able to call them any time of the day or night on their 24-hour hotline. She would also be able to take a unique 30-second test which would give her an idea about whether her case would be successful.Open Claim Calculator
Mrs S would not have to attend a lot of meetings in a lawyer’s office. In fact it is most likely that her case would be handled over the telephone. Whilst the Paisley snail case of 1928 made legal history, these days very few cases actually get to court and an out-of-court settlement of compensation is made.