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Woman to Receive Supermarket Compensation for Shopping Trolley Accident

September 25, 2013

A woman in America has been awarded $9.9 million in compensation for a shopping trolley accident after developing a neurological condition following an accident in Costco.

Rose Nudelman (52) from Brooklyn in New York was shopping at her local Costco supermarket with her husband in 2009 when she rolled her loaded shopping trolley onto the up escalator which was equipped with a mechanism to prevent the trolley rolling back down the slope in accordance with the forces of gravity.

While the couple were travelling up the escalator, the shopping trolley came loose and struck Rose with force and, although she did not seem to have experienced any immediate physical injuries, Rose and her husband had the good sense to register a record of the accident with the supermarket before they left.

However, within two weeks of the accident, Rose started to experience head pains and had to use a cane to support herself when she walked. Rose sought medical advice and was diagnosed with the neurological condition known as “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”.

After seeking legal advice, Rose made a claim for compensation for a shopping trolley accident against Costco, who denied their liability for her injuries and suggested that her condition was being exaggerated to claim compensation retrospectively for the supermarket accident.

Nonetheless, Rose pursued her claim, and last week a jury found Costco liable for her injury and awarded her $9.9 million in compensation for a shopping trolley accident in a supermarket. Costco have already said that they intend to appeal, but Rose´s solicitor commented “There is no one you or I know who would change places with Ms Nudelman for any amount of money,”

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Moving Walkway Fall Injury Compensation after Accident in Supermarket

June 29, 2012

A seventy-nine year old woman, who broke her shoulder in three places after a fall on the moving walkway at the Dunnes Store in Dublin´s Ashleaf Shopping Centre, has been awarded 30,000 Euros travelator fall injury compensation.

Rosaleen Hill of Terenure, Dublin, had been shopping at the Dunnes Store on 23rd March 2009 and was returning to the underground car park on a moving walkway, when the trolley she was using ran away from her. Attempting to maintain her hold on the trolley, Rosaleen slipped and was dragged along the surface of the moving walkway – breaking her right shoulder and badly lacerating her knee.

After receiving medical treatment for her injuries, Rosaleen made a compensation claim for moving walkway fall injury compensation against Dunnes Stores, Gary Smith, trading as The Ashleaf Shopping Centre and Kessow Limited which runs the centre, alleging that the three defendants were negligent in providing a shopping trolley which was unsafe to use.

However, at the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin, Judge Jacqueline Linnane threw out the case against Dunnes after a forensic engineer gave evidence that the shopping trolleys used by Dunnes were fitted with corrugated rubber wheels that locked into the groves on the travelator, restricting the travel speed. The judge heard that the trolley which was at fault for Rosaleen´s injuries was fitted with smoothed wheels and had possibly been placed in the trolley area by shopfitters working in the shopping centre.

Both Gary Smith, operating as The Ashleaf Shopping Centre and Kessow Limited were found jointly negligent and directed by Judge Jacqueline Linnane to pay Rosaleen 30,000 Euros in travelator fall injury compensation after hearing Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Paul Nicholson describe Rosaleen´s shoulder injuries as notoriously painful.

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Argos Fall Compensation Awarded for Shoulder Injury

June 9, 2012

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.

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