Taiwanese man wins claim against Carrefour in slip and fall accident

The man claims he was paralyzed due to the fall

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/07
By: Matthew Lubin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan High Court ruled in favor of a man who claimed

Taiwan High Court

Carrefour was negligent when he slipped and fell next to a checkout counter in 2008. He was awarded NT$100,000 (US$3,222) for his injuries.

The man originally claimed NT$12 million (US$386,691) in compensation after he slipped on cleaning products that had been spilled by checkout at the Carrefour Ching Kuo store in Taoyuan, according to UDN. He hit his head on the floor and suffered paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. The district court reduced the initial sum to NT$1.2 million (US$38,669) plus medical costs that totaled NT$700,000 (US$22,557).

However, the Taiwan High Court ruled that Carrefour was not responsible for the spinal cord injury and only for hip injuries, lowering the verdict to NT$100,000. The court held that the man suffered from cervicothoracic-related problems prior to the accident and the back of his head did not hit off the floor when he fell. Therefore, the man could not prove that the accident caused his paralysis. The court also noted that it could not prove whether Carrefour ensured the safety of customers in this situation, leading to the compensation ruling.    [FULL  STORY]

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