Smallthorne mum vows to fight for compensation after Festival Park Morrisons fall
PARENT Vikki Poole has launched a legal battle against a supermarket chain after falling in one of its stores while heavily pregnant.
The 35-year-old has already rejected a £1,000 offer of compensation, branding it "insulting", after the tumble left her fearing her unborn daughter had died.
Now Vikki and 37-year-old husband Paul, from Smallthorne, are consulting lawyers. They believe they could be in line to receive up to £10,000 following the incident at the Festival Park store in June.
Vikki was eight months pregnant when she visited Morrisons with her mum and slipped on a wet floor close to the front entrance.
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She claims staff later told her the slippery surface was due to a leak in the roof.
Vikki was taken by wheelchair to the supermarket's first aid room, where staff called for an ambulance.
Paramedics took her to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, where she was treated for soft tissue damage to her right foot, before being transferred to the facility's maternity assessment unit.
"I felt numb and was just shocked at what had happened. I was just worried about my unborn baby," she said.
While Vikki underwent tests, Paul was forced to remain at their Zamenhof Grove home, with their four-year-old daughter Olivia and two-year-old daughter Lily.
Paul, who works as a water filter technician, said: "Waiting for Vikki to call with the results was the longest wait of my life."
Medics gave Vikki the all-clear before sending her home.
Paul called the store to complain. The couple say they were later visited by the store's manager, who delivered a bouquet of flowers.
Paul said: "We were given the details of the law firm which acts on behalf of Morrisons, and we called and told them everything that happened."
The couple's daughter Emmie was born on July 11, weighing just over 7lbs.
Vikki said: "She was two-and-a-half weeks' premature, which the doctors said could be due to stress."
On Thursday, Yorkshire-based law firm Gordons LLP, which represents Morrisons, wrote to the couple confirming they would be offered £1,000 in compensation.
Paul said: "It is an insult in light of what could have happened."
Vikki added: "I was shocked when I read the letter and I rang to tell them the amount would not be accepted. My baby could have died."
The correspondence states: "We confirm that having investigated the matter breach of duty is, on this occasion, admitted subject to causation."
A Morrisons spokesman said today: "We are sorry that the incident took place. We are currently talking to the lady's lawyers so it would not be appropriate to say anything further at this point."