A Burgoyne’s Cove woman is suing for damages after a slip at the Clarenville Shopping Centre in 2013 left her with three broken bones in her right foot and hefty medical bills.
The Town of Clarenville, which own the parking lot; the Chain Store Limited, which owns the mall; Loblaws; and the owner of NoFrills are all named as defendants in the case.
According to documents filed in Supreme Court, the fall is alleged to have happened outside the NoFrills store where allegedly, a pool of water dripping from a pipe had frozen, creating a dangerous, slippery surface.
The woman allegedly slipped on the walkway, which, according to her statement of claim, forms “part and parcel of either the Town property and/or the Chain Store Property.”
The statement of claim also notes that each of the four defendants listed was responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the walkway, including keeping it free and clear of ice and snow.
The statement also alleged there were no signs posted to warn that the walkway may be slippery.
The woman claims as result of the accident, she required castings of her foot and several months using crutches, followed by a walking cane and extensive surgery. She stated the injuries associated with the accident restricted her ability to work, which causes a loss of income, as well as her ability to take care of herself, which has further caused her to rely upon others.
The woman is suing for damages associated with the accident, including lost wages, medical expenses and court expenses.
Wayne White is the lawyer representing the woman in the court proceedings.
He told the Packet a settlement conference, in which the parties will attempt to reach a resolution without the matter having to go to trial, is the next step, and that could happen within the next six to eight weeks.
White added the town may be dropped from the case as it only owns the parking lot, although a final decision on that has not been made.