Miss Weston instructed Express Solicitors in April 2014, following an accident in February 2014.
Miss Weston had been on a night out at a local pub, she went to use the toilets and a male was in the ladies toilets.
Miss Weston asked the gentleman to leave and held the door open for him holding the handle, she did not for one second imagine that the gentleman would then push the door, the result of this was that the tip of her finger was partially amputated due to the door handle being too close to the wall and the door stop wasn’t of a sufficient size to stop the door coming too close to the wall.
After investigations were carried out it appeared that the doorstop was ineffective as the door handle even if the door was pushed should not have been able to make contact with the wall.
A letter of claim was sent to the brewery and they denied liability for the accident.
Miss Weston saw a medical expert who confirmed that she had sustained an open fracture of the right ring finger, a partial amputation of the ring finger and in injury to the nail bed.
This was an awful injury for our client who had an active 10 month old baby at the time and she had to rely on others to help her with feeding and changing her daughter which was extremely upsetting and distressing for our client.
Legal proceedings were commenced against the brewery on the basis that they would have been responsible for the maintenance of the pub and therefore the doorstop.
During the course of litigation the brewery made 2 applications to the Court to have our clients claim dismissed stating that they were not the responsible party both of which were unsuccessful. It also transpired that the brewery had been responsible for fitting the doorstop prior to the landlord taking possession of the pub.
In an attempt to compromise the matter our client made an offer to the brewery to settle the claim in the sum of £15,000.00, no response was received to this offer.
Just over 2 years after the initial Court proceedings had been commenced the matter proceeded to a Trial at which Miss Weston was successful and achieved compensation in the sum of £17,396.00.
Had the brewery accepted our clients offer 2 years earlier it would have prevented a lot of stress and upset for our poor client and reduced the costs that were incurred to bring this claim successfully.
This was an extremely difficult case but we were not prepared to give up and this has been a fantastic result for our client.