Outdoor market shopper awarded £30,000 compensation

A woman who suffered a fractured shoulder, as well as head & neck pain following an accident at an outdoor market has received a £30,000 compensation award.  The woman needed to take time off work as a result of the accident, and was not able to return to her previous job role, leading to a reduction in her earnings.

The accident happened when a large metal pole fell from a stall in the market as the woman walked past.  Whilst the stallholder did admit liability for the woman’s injuries, the first offer of compensation was considered inadequate.  After negotiation, a figure of £30,000 was agreed as an out of court settlement.