Forbes at Trial: Claim Dismissed after Judge is Unable to Unpick the Circumstances of the Accident
Rees v Co-operative Group Ltd
The Claimant alleged that she had tripped in an uncovered drain situated in the car park of one of its stores. After investigating the claim, breach of duty was admitted but the Claimant was put to proof as to the manner and happening of the accident. It was the Claimant’s case that she had been dropped off at the store by her mother and partner. She alleged that she fell in the car park a few minutes later and after phoning her partner, he returned to pick her back up.
The Claimant’s partner and mother both provided witness evidence in support of the Claimant’s case. The evidence from the three witnesses was found to be riddled with inaccuracies. Notably, the Claimant was not even able to identify the exact location of the defect.
Forbes at Trial: Father and Daughter School Tripping Claim Fails
Saleem & Rizwan v Rochdale Borough Council
In October 2017, the First Claimant was taking his daughter, the Second Claimant to school. It was alleged that as they walked through the school grounds, they both tripped and fell in the missing part of a dilapidated grate. They brought a claim for personal injury pursuant to section 2 Occupiers Liability Act 1957.