Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester is building a reputation as the most dangerous shopping centre in England, with four additional shopping centre injury compensation claims having been made since Gweneth Bowler successfully sued the shopping centre in December 2011 after breaking her shoulder due to a slip on a wet surface.
Previously this month, an unnamed woman was awarded 3,700 pounds after slipping and breaking her ankle on the same access bridge between the shopping centre car park area and the John Lewis store, while three claims remain outstanding due to slip injuries suffered in the shopping centre car park.
During Gweneth Bowler´s compensation action in December, a City Council health and safety official had testified that the bridge´s surface was a slip hazard due to poor drainage and inadequate cleaning. The action recommended by the council – including the improving the drainage system in the car park – were put into place previously this year and no accidents have been reported since then.
Despite Highcross admitting liability for the two resolved shopping centre compensation injury claims, no comment was given on the outstanding claims for shopping centre injury compensation – including a severe injury to a 40 year-old female shopper who needed emergency surgical treatment for a broken femur after a slip in the shopping centre car park.