Sintons secures settlement following shopping centre injury

A man who slipped on a wet floor in a shopping centre, sustaining serious injury to his hand, has secured a settlement with support from Sintons.

The claimant was leaving a store within a retail arcade when he slipped on some water. As he tried to pick himself up, he fell again, causing further injury.

He was left with soft tissue damage to his right arm, right leg and back, the effect of which was exacerbated by anti-blood clotting medication he was taking.

The fracture to his dominant right hand, along with ligament damage, meant he required surgery after injections to try and minimise the pain and damage failed.

The injury was made worse by pre-existing arthritis, which prevented him from carrying out everyday tasks like domestic chores, gardening and DIY.

The claimant turned to Sintons for support in pursuing a claim against the shopping centre over the incident, which happened in May 2017.

The law firm, nationally renowned for its serious injury work, was able to secure an interim payment for the man, to cover the cost of any necessary private medical treatment.

Liability was denied by the shopping centre owner for almost three years, but was admitted in full pre-litigation, only for the defendant to then renege on that with a claim of contributory negligence, in other words arguing that his actions had been a contributory factor in the injury suffered.

With the support of associate David Knipe, a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in personal injury work, the man was successfully able to secure a settlement, without any element of contributory negligence.

“Sintons provided a first class service. My lawyer, David Knipe, was professional, efficient and informative. He provided good guidance throughout the whole case. A big thank you,” said the claimant.

David Knipe added: “This was a very distressing incident for our client, in which he sustained lasting injury, through no fault of his own, when he slipped on a wet surface.

“His claim has been a lengthy one, with the defendant denying liability for almost 3 years, before admitting liability in full only to later renege on their admission. However, we remain absolutely committed to getting the very best outcome possible for our clients and will fight hard to achieve that.

“Our client was very happy with the outcome in this case, and our intervention meant he was able to secure an interim payment, which made life easier for him at a difficult time. We are pleased to have been able to support him through this process, and wish him the very best for the future.”

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