Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester is establishing a reputation as the most hazardous shopping centre in England, with four more shopping centre personal injury claims having been made since Gweneth Bowler successfully sued the shopping complex in December 2011 after breaking her shoulder due to a slip on a wet surface.
Earlier this month, an unnamed Leicestershire woman was awarded 3,700 pounds after slipping and breaking her ankle on the same access bridge between the shopping centre car park and the John Lewis store, while three claims remain outstanding due to slip injuries sustained in the shopping centre car park.
During Gweneth Bowler´s hearing in December, a Leicester City Council health and safety official had argued that the bridge´s surface represented a slip hazard due to poor drainage and inadequate cleaning. The recommendations of the council – including the improving the drainage system in the car park – were put into place earlier this year and no accidents have since been reported.
Despite Highcross accepting liability for the two resolved shopping centre injury claims, no comment was available on the outstanding claims for shopping centre injury compensation – including a serious injury to a 40 year-old female shopper who needed emergency surgery for a broken femur after a slip in the shopping centre car park.
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