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A mother is seeking up to £10,000 in compensation from a major supermarket chain after she fell over in one of its stores while she was heavily pregnant.
Vikki Poole is taking legal action against Morrisons after she slipped and fell on a wet floor by the entrance of the company's store at Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent in June this year, the Staffordshire Sentinel reports.
At the time of the accident, the 35-year-old was eight months pregnant with her daughter Emmie and she claims the slip left her fearing that she might have lost her unborn child.
Consequently, along with her husband Paul, Ms Poole is pursuing a compensation settlement from Morrisons, which has more than 400 stores across the UK, after already rejecting an "insulting" offer of £1,000 in compensation from the supermarket.
The mother-to-be who was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by ambulance from the supermarket, alleges she was informed by Morrisons staff that the slippery floor had been caused by a leak in the roof.
She was later diagnosed with tissue damage in her right foot and also underwent tests in the maternity department to determine whether or not any damage had been caused to her child; where she was eventually given the all-clear.
Ms Poole told the news source: "I felt numb and was just shocked at what had happened. I was just worried about my unborn baby."
Mr Poole who stayed at home with the couple's other two young daughters while his wife was examined, explained that waiting for her to call was "the longest wait of my life".
The supermarket subsequently delivered a bouquet of flowers to the Pooles and offered them a settlement of £1,000, which they immediately rejected.
"I was shocked when I read the letter and I rang to tell them the amount would not be accepted," Ms Poole added.
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