From CPD Webinars 26.08.08:
A Tesco customer is being pursued for compensation by one of the supermarket chain's home deliverymen months after he slipped on a driveway during a routine drop-off.
Paul Singleton used the supermarket's online shopping service for over three years, spending around £250 every few weeks. But while his groceries were being delivered four months ago, the driver Andrew Britton, 44, mentioned he had slipped on the sloping driveway. Mr Britton then continued unloading items from the van.
Several weeks later a solicitor's letter unexpectedly arrived at Mr Singleton's home informing him he was being sued for compensation because the driver had injured his ankle in a fall on his property. Mr Singleton said: "I was stunned and felt totally bemused. My driveway only slopes down by about an inch.
He contacted Tesco and said: "I told them that one of their employees was suing a customer and they just said they couldn't help.
The fact that this type of situation arises should not come as a surprise to anyone now. After all, these frivolous why-the-hell-not....let's-sue episodes are all the rage now and no longer just the concern of the USA. Everyone wants legal redress for the slightest slip, slide or wiggle and the ambulance-chasing antics of so many law 'firms' who run those infamous and corny adverts appealing to gullible members of the public who believe themselves to have suffered slight misfortune are a plague to society. Seriously, if this is the legal profession, I'm not sure I want 'in' after all.
As cases go, this is pretty much in the same league as the guy who 'slipped' on a grape in an M&S car park earlier this year and tried to claim damages. And let's face it, it's probably about as worthy. I mean, if he'd dropped a bread roll on this toe, it'd be easier to sympathise. Thinking about it, though, a bramble scratched my arm on the way back from work earlier...... I wonder which firm the Tesco-guy used? Might be worth a call.