Loose grapes are the bane of the existence of large supermarket chains and of green grocers.

Over recent years many measures have been taken by these entities to reduce the instances of slips and falls on a grape that has escaped it’s packaging, but incidents still occur.

On 14 December 2016, a decision was handed down in the District Court of New South Wales awarding a supermarket shopper compensation for the injuries she sustained in a slip and fall on an errant grape.

In any slip and fall accident in a retail establishment it is necessary to prove negligence on the part of the shopkeeper if a claim for compensation is to succeed.

Should you or a member of your family slip and injure yourself in a retail outlet or shopping centre it is necessary for you to firstly identify the cause of the fall and if possible photograph the offending item, be it a liquid spill, or some other slippery substance such as food debris. (The prevalence of mobile phones means most people have a camera on them.) Also identify the exact place where the fall occurred and take the names and contact details of any witnesses and any responders who come to your assistance. Always report the incident to the management of the store or centre. Also you should seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries, and have the doctor document your complaints.

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a slip and fall accident you could be entitled to compensation. You can contact Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 or by making an online enquiry, to obtain friendly advice about your circumstances from one of our compensation experts.

Written by Sue Owen.

Sue Owen is a solicitor in Ian Chipchase and Anna Tavianatos’s practice groups. Sue works with Ian and Anna on a variety of compensation claims including workers compensation claims, motor vehicle accidents and civil liability claims.