Woman Secures Compensation Over Fall Injuries
She was walking towards the bridge across Vaughan Way from the car park when she tumbled over in January last year. She subsequently required prolonged treatment.
An investigation into the incident resulted in new measures being implemented to prevent further such problems arising. Meanwhile, in a new development, Ms Bowler has proved successful in her compensation claims and has been awarded an undisclosed but "significant" sum from the centre's owner Hammerson Plc, which admitted liability.
Commenting on the case, she said: "We parked in the car park and I began walking towards the bridge to the shops but didn't get very far. As I was going through the doors to the bridge, all of a sudden my leg went from under me. "
She added: "I'm still recovering. I was upset about it at the time and still am. "
A spokesman from the city council noted that a Health and Safety Executive expert advised that the surface of the bridge had posed a high risk of slipping when it was wet. Also, there had been evidence of inadequate cleaning, he added.
The representative went on to reveal that a number of slips and trips and been reported at the site between December 2010 and January 2011.