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13 January 2016
A grandmother knocked down by a McDonalds waitress was awarded a four-figure settlement for damages following a personal injury claim.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Rob Jones is a personal injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Derby.
Settlement Value: £3,000
What Happened: At the time of the accident our client was 92 years of age, 95 at the time of the trial date. She was in McDonalds with her daughter, two granddaughters and four great grandchildren. As she was leaving the restaurant, a waitress who was taking food to a customer in the car park barged past our client, knocking her to the floor.
Impact: Our client was in her nineties and extremely vulnerable.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Understandably, our client did not wish to give evidence at trial. Three attempts by the defendants to persuade her to accept a “drop hands” approach were resisted.
Slater and Gordon’s determination to see this case through to trial, with the added incentive of bad publicity for the restaurant in view of our client’s age and frailties, subsequently led to the defendant getting cold feet and ultimately settling the claim. Liability was denied throughout and with less than two weeks before trial, the defendants’ insurers made a Part 36 offer.
Decision: Our client accepted the Part 36 offer and was awarded a settlement of £3,000.
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