Personal injury hurt arm

Shopper trips on mat in supermarket injuring wrist and thumb

Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured a figure close to £40,000 for consumer who fell over on a mat at a supermarket, resulting in the restricted use of his right hand and deterioration of existing medical conditions.

The claimant in this personal injury claim was a 66 year old gentleman who had gone shopping at his local Sainsbury’s supermarket in Tonbridge, Kent. Upon exiting the store, he proceeded through a set of electric doors and tripped on a door mat, which was raised. He fell forward, falling to the floor and narrowly missing some hand rails.

As a result of the fall, the claimant suffered with pain in both of his hands, abdomen and groin. In addition the claimant was using a catheter at the time of the accident and this was misplaced at the time of the fall, causing some damage to his bladder.

The claimant was seen at hospital regarding his wrist and thumb injury. He had ruptured his right radial collateral ligament – a ligament in his right thumb. He was also diagnosed with a probable fracture at the base of the ulnar styloid in his wrist. He was in plaster for 10 weeks and experienced a great deal of pain, taking painkillers including morphine.

The claimant underwent surgery for his thumb and wrist injury, this included having a cage fitted around the bone in his thumb. Unfortunately, post-surgery, he developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). His hand remained painful and weak and this seriously limited the function in his right arm.

The claimant continued to suffer pain and discomfort as a result of urological issues, which had been aggravated due to the fall.

As a result the claimant suffered with long-term lack of strength in his right hand, being unable to undertake hobbies such as gardening and playing cricket and being unable to care for his disabled wife as he had done in the past.

The team successfully negotiated a settlement of just under £40,000 to compensate the claimant for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity he had suffered.

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