Failure to keep entrance clear of danger costs hospital £1500


Slip HazardA man visiting his wife at a maternity ward was surprised to find himself the victim of a series of basic safety breaches when he slipped over at the hospital entrance.

In November 2009, our client was visiting Royal Gwent Hospital, where his wife had given birth to a baby boy. Leaving the hospital at around 11pm with his daughter and his brother-in-law, he slipped over on a liquid spillage outside the hospital entrance, sustaining injuries to his right foot and his toes.

Royal Gwent Hospital at first disputed liability, claiming they knew nothing of the accident. Although our client said he had reported the incident to the hospital's own A&E department when he attended for treatment the next day, this was not referred to in any hospital notes.

It was later found that the lights in the entrance were not working on that evening, making visibility difficult for anyone using that area of the hospital.

Since the defendant also had no documented evidence that they had made any periodical inspections or maintenance of the hospital grounds, we were able to negotiate a pre-medical settlement of our client's claim.

We made a case for negligence and breach of statutory duty pursuant to the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957. The hospital had failed to ensure our client was reasonably safe, and to bring to our client’s attention the slippery floor surface by means of signs, notices or barriers. Other breaches concerned lack of lighting, inadequate inspection and allowing the floor surface to pose a hazard. Our client was awarded compensation of £1500.

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