A customer who slipped and fell on an unattended wet wipe in Argos, hurting his shoulder in the process, has been awarded 17,500 Euros fall in Argos compensation at Dublin´s Circuit Civil Court.
Declan Conroy had been shopping at the Ilac Centre branch of Argos in May 2008 when the accident occurred. While in the queue for the counter to order a lawnmower for his mother, he slipped on a wet wipe which had been left on the floor and fell – severely damaging his shoulder.
After receiving medical treatment, Declan registered a claim for Argos fall compensation against the store – claiming that their method of checking the store for potential hazards was negligent and he had suffered an injury as a result.
Argos denied liability for Declan´s injury; arguing that CCTV footage showed the presence of the wet wipe just six minutes before Declan´s accident and arguing that staff could not be requested to constantly monitor the condition of the floor surface in such a historically low-risk store.
However, a forensic scientist – testifying on behalf of Declan – outlined that because of the extra footfall in the queuing area where Declan´s incident occurred, a higher level of vigilance should be used. It was also shown in court that CCTV footage showed a woman moving a baby buggy through the area five minutes before the wet wipe first appeared on camera.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane determined that, in all likelihood, it was the woman with the baby buggy who was to blame for dropping the wet wipe and, as more than ten minutes would have went by between the hazard being present and Declan sustaining his injury, she was ruling that Argos was liable. Declan was awarded 17,500 Euros for fall in Argos fall compensation plus costs.Read More