- Date: December 02, 2012
- Victim’s Age: N/A
- Victim’s Sex: Female
- Occupation: Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board
- Place: Oakville, Ontario
- Circumstances: slipped and fell over the debris of water.
- Injuries sustained: broken knee cap.
- Compensation: $100,000.
The Slip and Fall accident
A woman was going to return a vacuum cleaner at Hudson’s Bay when she slipped in the entryway and broke her knee cap. She won $100000 in her lawsuit.
On December 2, 2012, a woman had gone to The Bay store to return a small vacuum cleaner. She was using both hands to carry the object and as she entered the store, she stepped onto a floor mat as she went to step onto the tiled floor, she slipped and fell on her right knee cap. After the fall she noticed water on the floor and her butt was wet from sitting on the floor. It had been raining that day and there was still a light drizzle at the time of the accident.
Victim injuries from a Slip and Fall
She went to the hospital where she required surgery to fix her broken knee cap. A year later she required additional surgery. She had to take off six months of work and required physiotherapy. The injury she sustained from the accident caused periods of depression.
At the time of the accident, Hudson’s bay had hired a cleaning service called Quinterra. The director of Quinterra testified that he had no maintenance sheets or inspection forms for the store and could not verify if cleaning had been done in the store on the date of the accident. Furthermore, timesheets indicated only one cleaner attended the store and did a light cleaning on the day of the accident. They could produce no proof that they had cleaned the entrance area where the fall occurred. The judge determined that the Quinterra, the cleaning company hired by The Bay, was fully responsible for the accident. They had failed to ensure the safety of the entranceway by mopping up the water on the floor. It was a foreseeable safety hazard as they were aware that it had been raining.
Compensation for victim
Quinterra was ordered to pay $100,000 in damages to the woman.