A Leicestershire woman has received a ‘significant’ amount of accident compensation, following a slip on a bridge at the Highcross shopping centre.
Sixty three year old Gweneth Bowler, of Quorn, in Loughborough, was shopping with her daughter at the shopping centre in Leicester, when she slipped on a wet floor as she approached a pedestrian bridge.
Mrs. Bowler fell heavily onto her right hand side and fractured her hip and right shoulder in the accident; her injuries were so severe that they have required a prolonged amount of hospital treatment.
Mrs. Bowler launched a claim for personal injury compensation against real estate company Hammerson Plc, the owners of the Highcross shopping centre and has subsequently been awarded an undisclosed but ‘substantial’ amount in damages, after the company admitted liability.
Mrs. Bowler told the Leicester Mercury newspaper that she made the application for compensation as a way of highlighting the bridges safety issues.
Safety measures have now been installed at the bridge, following an investigation and recommendations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the council’s environmental office.
A spokesperson for the city council stated that the shopping centre had reported five serious accidents as a result of slips and trips at the complex, as well as six relatively minor incidents between December 2010 and January 2011.
However, no further accidents have been reported since the implementation of the new safety measures.