Bakers Solicitors

Tough negotiations secure our client £10,050 compensation

Our client, Geraldine, was walking down a pontoon bridgehead ramp at a Marina on the south coast, when she slipped on algae and broke her right ankle in the fall. Geraldine required an operation and physiotherapy to recover. She was on crutches for over three months.

The defendant's insurers admitted primary liability, however alleged she was partly to blame as the marina had a warning sign of the slippery surface on all the ramps, and therefore they argued that our client did not take reasonable steps to ensure her own safety when using the pontoon. The insurers initially put forward an offer of £1,500 to settle which was rejected by Geraldine.

Our client also rejected the insurer's allegations of her blame, as she was walking carefully, wearing good quality, treaded shoes and was even holding onto the handrail. The algae she slipped on had clearly built up over time which the Marina had not dealt with.

After securing a medical report and on further evaluation, the Marina's insurers increased their offer to £8,500. Following tough negotiations, our client was delighted to settle the claim for £10,050 which is in the range of damages a Judge would have awarded if the claim had gone to Trial.