A shopper who was injured at an outdoor market has secured £30,000 in compensation.
The unnamed woman was passing a stall in the market when the accident happened. A large metal pole fell from the stall and hit her on the shoulder.
Her shoulder was fractured in the accident, and she also suffered pain in her head and neck. Despite receiving treatment, she now has restricted mobility as well as ongoing pain. This causes her sleep to be disrupted at times, and her injuries mean that she requires help with household tasks.
The woman worked in a factory and was forced to take time off in order to recover. When she eventually returned, she was no longer able to resume the physically demanding work she had carried out previously. Her earnings have therefore decreased, as she has had to accept lighter duties and is unable to work overtime.
A claim was brought against the stallholder involved. The stallholder admitted liability for the woman’s injuries, but an initial offer of compensation was rejected as being too low. After negotiations, an out-of-court settlement of £30,000 was agreed.