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Supermarket Accident Compensation Agreed in Claim for Tripping in Morrisons

November 27, 2012

A woman, who successfully appealed a court decision that she was equally at fault for the injuries she suffered when she fell over in a supermarket, has been award £44,000 in supermarket accident compensation for her claim for tripping in Morrisons.  

Jean Palfrey (79) from Cornwall sustained bad injuries to her arms and shoulders when she tripped over a low-loading trolley which was being used to take goods into her nearby Morrisons supermarket in Tavistock, Cornwall in November 2008. The injuries she suffered were so severe that she was forced to remain in hospital for three months with breaks to both humerus bones and was unable to conduct everyday household tasks for a further two years. She stills takes painkilling tablet to ease the pain she feels regularly and one of her arms is now shorter than the other one.

Last week Jean’s solicitors successfully appealed the original decision in her injury claim for falling in Morrisons – that she was equally at fault for the injuries she suffered as she had admitted seeing the trolley before she misjudged where she was walking and fell over it – after Lord Justice Moses said ”Shoppers walking up and down aisles in supermarkets are expected to be attracted by what is on the shelves and do not expect to have to look towards the ground”.

Nonetheless, Lord Justice Moses agreed with legal representatives from Morrisons that they were not entirely at fault for Jean´s accident, and allocated her 20 percent contributory negligence – thus reducing the award of supermarket accident compensation agreed between the two parties in settlement of Jean´s claim for tripping in Morrisons from £55,000 to £44,000.

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