Photos of carpet prove tripping accident in £15K injury claim


The true nature of a cinemagoer's injuries following a tripping accident were only revealed nearly a year after the incident occurred.

On a visit to a cinema in August 2010, our 60 year-old client tripped on a raised area of carpeting and fell while descending a staircase. He suffered an injury to his right elbow, which he thought had healed within a fortnight of the accident.

However, almost a year passed before MRI scans revealed that our client's injuries were more extensive. The scans, ordered by a GP in July 2011 after our client reported continuing stiffness and pain, showed that he had sustained traumatic injuries to his right knee and his right shoulder.

In a subsequent medical report, the doctor concluded that our client, who had received physiotherapy and was taking painkillers, should have an arthroscopy procedure on his knee and further treatment for his shoulder.

Noting that our client was still experiencing considerable problems, the GP also advised a further medical report in 1 years' time.

Our client, had been a police officer at the time of his tripping accident, retiring from the service in September 2010.

Although the cinema admitted liability for our client's injuries, we believe this was due to the photographs of the defective carpet which he was able to obtain immediately after the accident. He was awarded damages of £15,000.

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