A falling shop object in a shop has resulted in a €25,000 compensation award in the Circuit Civil Court.
Breeda Redican was injured in July 2009 when a tin of paint fell on her foot from a shelf at the Homebase store in Santry, County Dublin. The accident occurred when Redican requested help finding a specific type of paint from a sales assistant. The assistant pointed out the location of the paint but simply stood beside Redican while she attempted to left the can of paint.
Redican was unable to lift the heavy paint tin and it slipped and fell on her right foot. Redican was wearing flip-flops and required stitching on her toe and she has suffered ongoing reduced mobility in her foot with some pain.
Homebase denied negligence but Judge Jacquline Linnane awarded €25,000 compensation.