The Court approved a compensation settlement that we had agreed with a supermarket following an accident in which my client was injured by an item which fell from a high display shelf.
A claim was submitted to the supermarket on the basis that they had acted negligently and in breach of their statutory duty of care in storing and displaying items for sale in an unsafe manner. The items were simply leant against each other, at height, without any guardrails or other security measure preventing them from falling forwards.
As a result, my client was injured when one such item fell on to him whilst he was in his pram, causing great distress to him and his mother.
Fortunately, my client made a good recovery and will not have any memories of the accident due to his young age.
The supermarket will also have to take steps in future to improve its system of storing and displaying items for sale, especially those on display shelves.
Medical expert evidence and the opinion of a barrister was obtained so that a fair compensation figure could be agreed. An infant settlement approval hearing then took place at the local County Court where the Judge approved the settlement.