A sixty year-old woman has been awarded a five-figure settlement of compensation for injuries she sustained after slipping on a potato wedge in an aisle of a Dunnes Stores supermarket.
The accident occurred in November 2011 when Anna Manning, a housewife from Clondalkin in Co. Dublin, was shopping in her local branch of Dunnes Stores. As she made her way towards the fish section, she slipped and fell on a potato wedge that had been left on the floor. The potato had remained on the floor despite an earlier slip and fall that day.
Anna fell to her knees, and the next day she went to her GP with pains in her back and neck. Anna proceeded to seek legal counsel and made a claim for injury compensation against Dunnes Stores for her slip and fall injury.
Dunnes Stores refused consent to, the Injuries Board for an assessment of Anna’s claim to be carried out. As such, Anna was issued with authorisation by the board to proceed to the courts with her claim. The claim for slip and fall compensation was heard earlier this month at the Circuit Civil Court by Mr Justice Raymond Groarke.
During the hearing, Judge Groarke was informed that Anna’s fall had worsened an existing condition. However, she had also sustained an injury to her wrist, which was having negative effects on her life. However, this claim was disputed by Dunnes Stores, who claimed that Anna was responsible for her own injury through her lack of caution.
These accusations were, however, dismissed by Judge Groarke, who found in Anna’s favour. He added that he believed Anna a “very poor candidate” for lying about her story, and that her medical history was non-disputable. Additionally, he said that Dunnes Stores was negligent as they had not adequately cleared up the previous accident. Anna was then awarded €22,900 in compensation for her accident.