Car Park Accidents
You may be entitled to claim compensation for car park accidents if you have sustained an avoidable personal injury due to a lack of care by the car park owners or managers. There are many slip, trip and fall accidents in supermarket car parks and shopping centre car parks which could have been prevented if greater responsibility was taken for a customer´s health and safety and even when these happen at a time when few witnesses are available to attest to the car park manager´s negligence, the use of CCTV for security purposes makes it more straightforward to claim injury compensation for car park accidents. There are still a number of procedures you may have to complete to make a successful claim for car park accidents and therefore, if you have sustained an injury in a car park accident for which you were not to blame, you are invited to call our Supermarket Claims Service and discuss the circumstances of your car park accident and injury with an experienced solicitor.
A woman, who was injured when a car owner failed to apply their handbrake, has been awarded £5,000 for the injuries she sustained.
The accident occurred in April 2014 when Lynne Short, aged forty-six, was driving her son to school. As she was driving, Lynne – from Dundee – noticed that a car was rolling backwards along the street. However, as they were close to a school, Lynne was concerned fro the safety of the surrounding children. In an attempt to protect them, Lynne opened the door of the car and attempted to enter it.
Yet Lynne was unable to enter the rolling vehicle, which instead pinned her against her own car. Luckily, Lynne escaped the accident with a broken wrist and some bruising. Even so, she was taken by ambulance to the nearby Ninewells Hospital and treated.
After her treatment, Lynne sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim against the car owner, Angela Black, for injury compensation. Liability was admitted by Angela, though she argued that it was not her negligence that caused the brake to fail, but a mechanism failure. Whilst speaking to the Dundee Evening Telegraph, Lynne said that when she learned of the accident she took the car to a garage for repair.
Negotiations ensued between the parties, after which Angela’s insurance company offered Lynne a compensation settlement of £5,000. Though details have not been made public, it is likely that this figure takes Lynne’s contributory negligence into account.
Speaking to reporters, Lynne commented that “In hindsight, it was a silly thing to do, but with the adrenaline I thought of it careering into the school or hitting a car and going up in flames. It could have been a lot worse. The thing is that there were kids walking to school.”
A sixteen year old boy, who sustained deep lacerations in his thigh when climbing over a supermarket car park fence, has had a shop car park injury settlement of 36,800 Euros approved in the Circuit Civil Court.
Michael Hogan was just eleven years of age when the accident happened in 2006 as he was climbing over a supermarket car park fence at the Firhouse Shopping Centre. He caught his leg on a protruding and unprotected nail, which tore a deep V-shaped wound into his inner left thigh.
Michael´s injuries were so bad that he had to have a double layer of inner flesh stitched together under a general anaesthetic and, although he has recuperated now, will be left with a permanent scar as a permanent reminder of his injury.
Liability for the shop car park injury was uncontested by the supermarket owners of the Firhouse Shopping centre – Colverton Limited – and Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that the defendants had made a settlement offer of 36,800 Euros. The judge approved the shop car park injury settlement compensation offer, ordering that it should be invested in court funds until Michael´s 18th birthday in March 2015.
An Asda shopper, who fell on a grape and damaged his back, has won a three year fight for personal accident injury compensation.
Thomas Wardle of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was in the Rivergate branch of Asda in January 2008, when he fell on a grape that had been left on the ground in an aisle and fell to the floor – badly injuring himself in the process.
After seeking legal counsel, Thomas sued Asda – claiming that their lack of cleanliness had caused pain and suffering – and, at Peterborough County Court, a judge ruled in Thomas´ favour, awarding him 10,500 pounds in compensation and admonishing the supermarket´s general record on health and safety.
The judge´s verdict may influence two further cases due to be heard in Peterborough County Court later this year – both against the Rivergate branch of Asda, and both for some injuries suffered due to a lack of cleanliness in January 2008