Slip on Grape Compensation Claim for Injury Upheld in High Court

A woman, who slipped on grapes which had dropped from a display outside a shop and hurt both wrists in her subsequent fall, has had her claim for slip on grape injury upheld in the High Court.

Samira Hassan (57) from Greenford, Middlesex, took the compensation action against shopkeeper Onkar Singh Gill (50) following her accident in 2005. While browsing the fruit display placed on tables outside Mr Gill´s “The Stall” shop in Greenford Road, Samira slipped on grapes which had fallen from the display and fractured both her wrists.

After seeking legal guidance, Samira made a compensation claim for slip on grape injury, claiming that the grapes on which she slipped were “mushy” and that the staff at Mr Gill´s shop had failed in their duty of care to the public. Mr Gill contested the claim – insisting that his staff had taken all reasonable steps to keep the pavement clear of debris – a County Court judge last year ruled that Mr Gill was liable for Samira´s injuries and ordered him to pay 111,859 pounds in accident compensation for slipping on a grape.

Mr Gill appealed the judge’s ruling but, at London´s High Court, Lord Justice Lloyd – sitting with Mr. Justice Morgan and Sir Stephen Sedley – upheld the County Court´s decision and order that Samira should receive her full settlement of accident compensation in respect of her claim for slipping on a grape injury.