Posted: September 25th, 2013
A woman who developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after an accident in a supermarket has been awarded $9.9 million in compensation for an injury due to a faulty supermarket trolley.
Fifty-one year old Rose Nudelman had just finished shopping with her husband in the Brooklyn branch of the Costco Supermarket in New York, when the couple wheeled their loaded supermarket shopping trolley onto the ascending escalator between floors.
The tread on the supermarket escalator had been manufactured in such a way that customers did not have to retain hold of their trolleys to prevent them rolling back down the slope; however, while the couple were going up the escalator, Rose´s trolley rolled free from the tread and hit her on her wrist.
Although she did not believe at the time that she had been injured, Rose and her husband reported the accident to the management of the supermarket as soon as it happened. However, within a fortnight, Rose began to experience mobility problems which deteriorated to such an extent that she was only capable of hobbling around her home with the assistance of a walking stick.
Rose sought medical attention and, after an extensive series of examinations, doctors diagnosed her condition as the neurological injury “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” – identifying its cause as nerve damage due to being struck by the shopping trolley. Thereafter Rose took legal advice from a solicitor, and made a claim for compensation for an injury due to a faulty supermarket trolley.
Costco Supermarket rejected the idea that her escalator accident was responsible for such a debilitating injury, and contended that she had exaggerated the level of her injury to justify a claim for compensation. However, Rose´s solicitor believed that his client had a genuine case and issued court proceedings.
Costco continued to deny their liability, but a jury in New York found in Rose´s favour and awarded her $9.9 million in compensation for an injury due to a faulty supermarket trolley. Costco´s insurers said that they would appeal the verdict and the amount of the award, but Rose´s solicitor countered that no amount of compensation would persuade anybody to exchange places with his client and her debilitating injury.
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