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Slip outside shop leads to £111k settlement

Slip outside shop leads to £111k settlement

An accident in a public place in which a woman sustained two broken wrists has resulted in her being awarded a six-figure compensation sum.

Samira Hassan took legal action against Onkar Singh Gill after she was injured when slipping on some grapes outside his grocery store The Stall in Greenford, west London, in 2005.

Last September, the 57-year-old was granted a settlement of £111,859 after a case at a county court - a decision Mr Gill decided to challenge.

The businessman told the High Court that he had done everything possible to make sure the area outside his shop's entrance was free of potentially-dangerous fruit spillages by sweeping it up to five times every day.

However, Lord Justice Lloyd has rejected this appeal and ordered that the original sum of damages should stand, the Daily Mail reports.

General manager of The Stall Sandeep Gill commented: "The amount hurts. It will be a huge dent to us but what hurts most is the judge's ruling that we may have been careless in our duty to the public."

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Posted by Francesca Witney