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Grape Slip in Shop Compensation Award Upheld in High Court

July 3, 2012

A female, who slipped on grapes which had fallen from a display outside a shop and injured her two wrists in her resulting fall, has had her claim for grape slip in shop compensation upheld in the High Court.

Samira Hassan (57) from Greenford, Middlesex, took the grape slip in shop compensation action against shopkeeper Onkar Singh Gill (50) following her accident in 2005. While looking at the fruit display on tables outside Mr Gill´s “The Stall” shop in Greenford Road, Samira slipped on grapes which had fallen from the display and fractured both her wrists.

After seeking legal advice, Samira made a claim for grape slip in shop compensation, claiming that the grapes on which she slipped were “mushy” and that the staff at Mr Gill´s shop had failed in their duty of care to the public. Mr Gill argued the compensation case – insisting that his staff had taken all reasonable steps to keep the pavement clear of debris – a County Court judge last year ruled that Mr Gill was liable for Samira´s injuries and ordered him to pay 111,859 pounds in compensation for slipping on a grape.

Mr Gill appealed the initial ruling but, at London´s High Court, Lord Justice Lloyd – sitting with Mr. Justice Morgan and Sir Stephen Sedley – upheld the County Court´s ruling and order that Samira should be in receipt her full settlement of compensation in respect of her claim for grape slip in shop compensation.

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