Wednesday 13 December 2017

Nurse (32) awarded €48,000 after tripping over six-pack of beer in Tesco store

Circuit Civil court. Stock image
Circuit Civil court. Stock image

Saurya Cherfi

A 32-year-old nurse who fractured her left knee after tripping over a case of beer in a Tesco store has been awarded €48,000 in damages.

Bernadette Higgins claimed that she entered the Tesco Metro store in Terenure, Dublin, and had been making her way to the wine section through a queue of customers at the self-service check-out area when she fell over a six-pack of beer in January 2014.

She told her barrister that after falling, the customer who had left the case on the floor helped her up and apologised to her.


The Circuit Civil Court heard Ms Higgins was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Department of St James's Hospital in Dublin, where X-rays revealed a fracture to her left knee.

Ms Higgins, of Horton Court, Terenure, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that since her fall she had to give up football and running.

Tesco denied liability and claimed the case of beer had been on the floor for only seconds before Ms Higgins fell and someone came to her aid.

The store alleged Ms Higgins had not looked where she was going.

Judge Groarke initially awarded her €60,000 but he found her to be 20pc liable for contributory negligence.

As a result, he reduced her award to €48,000.

Irish Independent

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