Tina Knight, 66, slipped on the water at Stansted Airport and suffered injuries to her knee, hip and thumb. She also fractured her right little toe, which has meant she cannot wear her favourite high-heeled shoes.
After the accident, Ms Knight brought a case against the airport's cleaning contractors, Rentokil Initial Facilities Services (UK). When the case came to court, she explained that over the years she had amassed a collection of about 200 pairs of shoes, many of which she can no longer wear. She claimed compensation for loss of earnings while she was unable to work and the injuries she suffered.
In the County Court, Rentokil was found liable for Ms Knight’s injuries. The system of cleaning in operation at the airport was deemed to be inadequate, particularly as there had been no additional inspection of the affected area.
Rentokil tried to appeal the case on the basis that the judge in the County Court had been too strict. They argued that there had only been five such accidents in the past twelve months, suggesting their cleaning system was adequate.
This argument was rejected, however. It is now up to the two parties to agree a settlement, otherwise the case will return to court for the amount of compensation to be decided. Ms Knight is claiming tens of thousands of pounds.
Accidents involving slips on wet floors are all too common. If you are uncertain whether or not you have a right to compensation, contact us.