A woman has been awarded a $15,000 payout after being hit by a trolley being pushed by a Woolworths employee.
A woman has been awarded a $15,000 payout after being hit by a trolley being pushed by a Woolworths employee. contributed

$15,000 payout for woman hit by Woolies trolley

WOOLWORTHS has been ordered to pay a 69-year-old woman almost $15,000 after she was hit by a trolley.

Carol Rushton took Woolworths to court for damages after a trolley pushed by a staff member ran into her while she was shopping at Tewantin Woolworths.

A court judgment detailed how Mrs Rushton said she was hit with tremendous force that knocked her down the aisle and that the trolley was so large she could not see over or around it.

Mrs Rushton said she received soft tissue injuries and required medical treatment for her hip and knee.

The court judgment from District Court Judge Gary Long, which was delivered last week, said the accident affected Mrs Rushton's ability to volunteer for Probus, VIEW, and attend gardening club and she was unable to play lawn bowls. She also could not play golf for 16 months and was in a wheelchair for about a month.

But Judge Long said Mrs Rushton had an underlying arthritic condition in her knee and Woolworths argued the symptoms related to the accident had been resolved within about six months of the incident.

Judge Long said doctors gave evidence during a court hearing, saying the accident could have contributed to Ms Rushton's condition.

In his judgment, Judge Long said there were problems with Mrs Rushton's evidence when proving what assistance she needed after the accident and the extent of this help.

Judge Long said Mrs Rushton's evidence could not be considered sufficiently reliable and accurate when identifying her need for assistance from her husband.

But he found she should be entitled to damages for injuries for up to two years after the accident because the accident accelerated the degenerative condition in her left knee in this period.

Judge Long ordered Woolworths to pay Mrs Rushton $14,917.12, which included general damages and the costs for her pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication, bandages and medical appointment expenses and travel costs to attend these appointments and a loss she made from golf fees. - ARM NEWSDESK



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