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Poundland pays compensation to pensioner injured by display

Posted in: Hip Injuries Leg Injuries Public Place Accidents Shop Accidents 

An 86-year-old woman from Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, is to receive £3,000 in compensation after a display of batteries collapsed on her in a Poundland store. Peggy Dempsey suffered serious injuries in the incident in 2012, and required weeks of physiotherapy before she was able to walk properly again. The accident happened at the Perth branch of Poundland, whereby a poorly stacked display of batteries collapsed on top of her.

The batteries had been stacked on only one side of the display, causing it to topple over and injure Mrs Dempsey’s right side. She suffered soft tissue injuries and bruising to her left hip, side, and injuries to both legs. She attended Perth Royal Infirmary, where she received a course of physiotherapy.

“I lost all confidence”

The gran of 12 said that a letter and some money to cover hospital and travel expenses would have been fine, yet the company refused to take the blame for the incident. Poundland, who have 450 stores across the UK, were sued for £3,000 as a result, and were also forced to pay Mrs Dempsey’s £4,000 legal bill. Mrs Dempsey said:

I lost all confidence shopping after I was injured and visited hospital a number of times for treatment and physiotherapy. You can still see the scars on my legs.”

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