THE CASE OF THE GREASY CHIP: How obvious is obvious risk?

In the case of Strong v Woolworths [2012] HCA 5, the High Court awarded damages to the plaintiff, an amputee, after she slipped on the grease of a potato chip causing her to fall and suffer serious spinal injuries.

The court’s reasoning for their decision was that Woolworths had failed to exercise reasonable care by not adopting any adequate system of inspection for spills and hazards on that day. The key question was whether or not the risk was so obvious that passersby should have noticed it. This is a complicated issue which will vary from case to case. Ms Strong was awarded $580,000 in damaged for the injuries she suffered.

Knowing your legal rights is extremely important when dealing with these sorts of matters. For more information about making a claim for personal injury, please contact our Compensation Law Team.