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Joan’s occupier’s liability claim settled for £175,000

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Joan’s occupier’s liability claim settled for £175,000

Slip or trip claim case study.

Joan, a pensioner, was spending her day shopping in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. Unfortunately, whilst leaving one premises, she fell down some small steps at the exit. She suffered several injuries with the most serious being a broken leg. As a result of her injury, she required surgery and had to stay in hospital for two weeks followed by another two weeks at the rehabilitation unit. She was unable to bear any weight for thirteen weeks, however the total recovery time was much longer. Consequently, Joan had to make home adjustments including moving her bedroom downstairs. Her husband had to provide a high level of care and assistance throughout the entire recovery period.

Public or occupiers’ liability personal injury claims

The Carrickfergus shop denied liability

In the meantime, an issue arose when the shop denied liability and blamed their landlord for the slipping accident. We then issued court proceedings against the shop and added the landlord as a co-defendant. Soon after, both defendants indicated a willingness to negotiate a settlement and avoid a court hearing. During a series of discussions, Stephen successfully negotiated a settlement figure of £175,000 for Joan who was delighted by the outcome.

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