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Compensation for Injury from Falling Object in Shop

A woman has been awarded €25,000 in compensation for injury from falling object in a shop in the Circuit Civil Court.

Breeda Redican of Donabate, County Dublin, was injured in July 2009 when a tin of paint fell on her foot fromits at the Homebase store in Santry, County Dublin. The accident occured when Redican requested help finding a specific type of paint from a sales assistant. The assistant pointed out the location of the paint on a shelf at face level height but just stood beside Redican while she attempted to left the can of paint.  The tin of paint was 2.5 litres and handle on the tin was not visible because the tins were closed packed together. Redican was unable to heavy paint tin and it slipped and landed on her right foot.  Redican was wearing flip-flops and required stitching on her toes. She has suffered ongoing reduced mobility in her foot with some pain.

Homebase denied any negligence but Judge Jacquline Linnane awarded €25,000 compensation to Ms Redican.