Caoimhe's Trip Claim Settles for £22,000 (Carrickfergus)
Caoimhe was grocery shopping in a well-known supermarket when she tripped over some products which had been left on the floor in the middle of the aisle. As she fell, she extended her hand to protect herself and injured it in the process. She also sustained damage to her knee and shoulder.
Unfortunately, Caoimhe had pre-existing problems with her knee
Caoimhe contacted Paschal O’Hare Solicitors with a view to claim for compensation. We took on her case and we sent a letter of claim to the supermarket. We also had our new clients examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who performed an MRI scan on her. However, the existing knee problems complicated matters.
In a stroke of fortune, Caoimhe had a previous knee MRI scan in her medical records. We were now able to have the new MRI scan compared directly with the old MRI scan. The difference would indicate how much damage occurred when she fell and help us determine the value of the claim.
The supermarket denied liability
They explained that their supplier had made a delivery on the day Caoimhe fell and left the hazardously place items in the middle of the aisle. They indicated that they believed liability was with them and we agreed. We sent a letter to the supplier who opened an investigation into what happened. Shortly after, the supplier invited us into negotiations. Given the worsening of Caoimhe’s knee, the case settled for £22,000 in compensation.