December 2015

Elderly Woman Settles Claim for Sainsbury’s Trip and Fall

A pensioner, who fell and badly injured her arm and face after tripping and falling in a local branch of Sainsbury’s supermarket, has received a settlement of compensation.

Jean Annis, aged seventy-nine from Cheshire, was shopping in the Alsagar branch of Sainsbury’s when she tripped on a loose mat by the entrance. As a result, she fell badly and sustained a fracture to her right arm, damage to her nerves and injuries to her face.

Medical attention was called to the scene, but this didn’t prevent Ms Annis’ dominant arm being severely weakened. Five months after the accident, Ms Annis fell again, fracturing the same arm. Medical experts claim that, had she not sustained the first fracture several months earlier, the second would not have occurred.

Ms Annis has been advised by doctors to allow metal pins to be inserted into her arm, though Ms Annis has reservations. She is concerned that her husband, Norman (aged eighty-nine), will require specialist care whilst she is in hospital both having and recovering from the procedure as he suffers from dementia.

The victim sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim for trip and fall compensation for her accident in Sainsbury’s. In her claim, she stated that her fall was because of Sainsbury’s negligence in allowing the mat beside the door to become loose, creating a hazard for all entering. Sainsbury’s admitted liability for Ms Annis’ injuries, and negotiations began between the two parties to settle the claim. Eventually, a sum of what is believed to be five figures was agreed upon.

Legal representatives for Ms Annis stated after the announcement of the settlement that “It is imperative that premises such as supermarkets take great care to ensure their stores are safe for visitors at all times, particularly the entrance and exit area which can become hazardous due to wear and tear caused by the sheer number of people passing through on a daily basis, and also as the result of wet weather conditions.”

“It is imperative that premises such as supermarkets take great care to ensure their stores are safe for visitors at all times, particularly the entrance and exit area which can become hazardous due to wear and tear caused by the sheer number of people passing through on a daily basis, and also as the result of wet weather conditions.”