Broken shop sign compensation has been awarded at court after woman was inflicted with a head injury when a sign fell apart from its fascia.
The court was told that the female, Ms Benham, was walking passed by Reds shoe shop in Bournemouth during October 2010, when the metallic 15 feet long sign for a shop dropped from the fascia and banged her on the head.
Mrs Benham (61) was at treated by emergency medical services at the scene of her accident after an eyewitness to the incident called 999, and following this she was rushed to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where it was found that she had a blunt closed head injury which needed to be treated.
Upon recovering from her initial trauma, Ms Benham spoke to her legal counsel before registering a accident injury compensation claim for a broken shop sign injury against the tReds firm – stating that not only had she suffered a head injury due to their failing to maintain their duty of care towards her, but had that she had also continually suffered due to anxiety the year after her accident.
The firm that owns and is responsible for the shoe store – Treds LLP – did no accept liability for Ms Benham’s accident and injuries and decided to contest the case that she took against them, claiming that they carried out, as standard, regular visual inspections of the store sign which eventually broke. Court proceedings against Treds LLP were then issued as no settlement was able to be reached by the parties involved in the incident.
At court, Ms Benham’s team of legal advisers showed that the shop sign had fallen due to the fact that the fascia to which it was attached had become rotten and worn. As tReds put in place only a limited system of inspection from ground level they were unable to discover that rot in the wooden fascia board. Judge Maston found in the claimant’s favour and awarded Ms Benham £1,800 in compensation.
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