Pensioner Who Slipped in Supermarket Awarded £7,500
Date online: 20/01/2012
A pensioner who slipped and fell in a Marks and Spencer food hall has been awarded compensation of £7,500 for her injuries.
Janet Morritt, 71, slipped on a wet patch caused by a spillage of prawn cocktail from the salad counter and water from the nearby flower stand. She reached out to try to steady herself by holding on to another stand but fell to the ground with her back pushed up against a cabinet.
After the accident, Mrs Morritt required emergency surgery to fit a plate in her hip. She has been left with a permanent limp, which means she can no longer enjoy her hobby of hill walking and has had to give up driving. She was also forced to cancel a foreign holiday.
She brought a claim against Marks and Spencer, arguing that the system in place for checking the food hall for spillages was inadequate. However, the retail chain denied liability for the accident, claiming that Mrs Morritt should have taken greater care over where she was walking.
The court upheld Mrs Morritt’s claim and awarded her £7,500 in compensation.
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