Woman Injured by Item Falling from Shelf in Shop awarded €30k

A woman injured by an item falling from a shelf in a shop has been awarded a £30,000 compensation award in the Circuit Civil Court.

Breeda Redican was hurt in July 2009 when a tin of paint fell on her foot from a shelf at the Homebase store. The incident occured when Redican requested help finding a specific type of paint from a sales assistant. The assistant showed her where the paint was on a shelf at face level height but simply stood beside Redican while she attempted to left the can of paint.  The tin of paint was 2.5 litres and handle on the tin was not visible because the cans were packed tight together. Redican was not able to carry the heavy paint tin and it slipped and fell on her right foot.  Redican was not wearing shoes but flip-flops and needed stitching on her toes. Redican has suffered continual reduced mobility in her foot with some additional pain.

Homebase denied any negligence but the judge decided on an award of £30,000 compensation.