Thursday 14 December 2017

Man who slipped on baby wipe gets €17,500

Ray Managh

A MAN who slipped on a baby wet-wipe on the floor of a shop has been awarded €17,500 in damages.

Declan Conroy was the only customer to have had an accident even though millions of customers had passed through the Argos shop in the Ilac Centre in Dublin over the past seven years, the Circuit Civil Court heard.

His barrister Ciaran Lawlor said the store's cleaning system had either been inadequate or had broken down when Mr Conroy fell and injured his left shoulder on May 1, 2008.

In that year, a million customers had passed through the shop.

Mr Lawlor said the parties had agreed damages at €17,500, inclusive of any suggestion of contributory negligence, and asked the court only to determine liability.

Mr Conroy, of Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin, said he had been queueing to buy a lawnmower for his mother when the accident happened.

He did not see the wet-wipe before stepping on it.

Based on CCTV footage which was not conclusive, Judge Jacqueline Linnane said it was possible the wet-wipe had lain on the floor for more than 10 minutes prior to the accident and so liability attached to the store.

Irish Independent

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