A lady who was struck on the head by a ceiling brick and a light fitting while at the counter of her local Barclays Bank has agreed to an out of court settlement of injury compensation for an accident in a bank.
The accident occurred to the Barclays´ customer in February 2011 as the woman reached the counter of the bank. A brick fell from the ceiling and hit the lady on her head. As she fell forward, a light fitting and more bricks dropped from the ceiling – hitting the woman at various locations across the neck and shoulders.
Although remaining conscious, the customer sustained a laceration to the top right-hand side of her head and bruising across her shoulders. Movement in her upper arms was restricted by a neck pain and soreness and, for some weeks, the woman – who was prescribed anti-inflammatory tablets along with paracetamol and amytriptyline – suffered from nausea and headaches.
After seeking legal guidance, the woman made an injury compensation claim for an accident in a bank against Barclays, claiming that the bank had breached statutory duty in failing to ensure that the premises were adequately maintained and structurally safe. After investigating the logistics of the accident, the bank accepted liability for the woman´s injuries and injury compensation for an accident in a bank amounting to 1,500 pounds was agreed between the two parties.