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Compensation for Leg Accident in Tescos Paid to Pensioner

March 23, 2012

A Leicester court has heard how an elderly pensioner was paid an undisclosed amount of compensation for leg injury in Tescos after she was struck by a pallet trolley in her local store.

The compensation hearing, which was called to determine the severity of the health and safety fine after Tescos accepted liability for the injury, heard how Angela Pownell (80) from Beaumont Leys, Leicestershire, had been struck on the leg by the pallet trolley while shopping with her husband in August 2009.

District Judge John Temperley was told the impact of the pallet trolley – which was heavily loaded with boxed televisions – had torn lumps of skin away from Angela´s leg and she was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary where she received stitches and painkillers for her injuries.

The court was advised that a district nurse was required to visit to change Angela´s dressing  daily after the accident in Tescos, and that she suffered psychological injuries thereafter. Angela´s spouse, John, testified that Angela lost her confidence after the injury and would not go anywhere without holding someone else´s hand.

Angela and John had accepted an undisclosed compensation for leg accident in Tescos settlement and, after hearing that the warehouseman who had been dragging the pallet truck at the time accepted that he had not seen Angela, District Judge John Temperley fined Tescos 20,000 pounds and ordered them to pay 24,500 pounds in costs.

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