Shopper sues Tesco for £110k over car park trip

Tesco is being sued for �110,000 after a woman tripped in a supermarket car park in Blairgowrie. Picture: Getty Images

Tesco is being sued for �110,000 after a woman tripped in a supermarket car park in Blairgowrie. Picture: Getty Images

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A SHOPPER who has been left facing a lifetime of pain after tripping in a supermarket car park is suing Tesco for £110,000.

Susan Amer, 60, was injured when she got out of her car outside the store and lost her footing after stumbling over a pole protruding from the ground.

She said the injuries had forced her to give up work as a cleaner and has lodged a compensation claim against the supermarket at Perth Sheriff Court.

In her court papers, Amer, from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, said the accident happened when she went to her local branch of Tesco on 22 July, 2012.

In the accident, Amer fractured her fibula and had to wear a moon boot for eight weeks. Because of a post-traumatic frozen shoulder and problems with her hand, she has had to give up her job.

Her court papers claim that “a level of pain and disability will remain for the rest of her life”.

Tesco are fighting the claim on the basis that Amer’s negligence contributed to her own injuries.

The company told the court she had suffered from depression and agoraphobia and required the assistance of family members prior to the accident.

They also said that although the pole was sticking up out of the ground, it could be clearly seen.

“The pursuer had a duty of care for her own safety,” a solicitor for Tesco told the court. “She had a duty of reasonable care to keep a proper lookout.

“She had a duty of care to note any hazards in her path and choose a route which avoided coming into contact with hazards.”

The case is scheduled to be heard next month.

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