Tesco ordered to award pensioner £44k damages

Serious leg injuries sustained during an accident in a public place have resulted in a pensioner being granted a five-figure compensation settlement.

Angela Pownell was severely injured when a pallet truck moving boxed televisions around a branch of Tesco scraped her legs in August 2009, which left deep wounds in her shins, the Leicester Mercury reports.

Consequently, the 80-year-old had to be taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary - an institution managed by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which employs more than 10,000 people - where she was given painkillers and stitches.

Following the incident at the Beaumont Lees Tesco extra store, Ms Pownell had to have the dressings on her legs changed daily by a district nurse and in a statement read to the court she said she had "never known pain like it".

Prosecutor for Leicester City Council Bernard Thorogood said the elderly lady had suffered "both psychological and physical injuries" during the incident.

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06/03/2012 16:44