Tsumeb resident sues Shopright for injuries

Tujoromajo Kasuto

A Tsumeb resident, Veronika Neidel is suing Shoprite Namibia N$500 000 for alleged injuries sustained while shopping at a Shopright outlet at the Le Platz Shopping Centre, in Hage Geingob Street at the copper town late last year.

According to court documents, on 3 September 2021, and at the defendant’s shop situated at Le Platz Shopping Centre, 1304 Hage Geingob Street, Tsumeb, Neidel allegedly slipped and fell as a result of an uneven and dangerous tile on the floor of the shop.

As a result, the she sustained soft tissue injuries and a concealed pelvic fracture, according to her particulars of claim. ‘’The aforesaid injuries were a result of wrongful, unlawful and or negligent conduct of the defendant and its employees in that the defendant owed an obligation to the plaintiff (and other patrons) to ensure her safety against harm.’’

Consequently, as a result of the aforesaid conduct and the injuries sustained she is allegedly still experiencing severe pain, suffering and discomfort.“The plaintiff suffers a disability in that she is unable to walk without assistance; was and is still treated as a patient for the injuries; suffered a permanent loss of amenities of life; incurred medical expenses and will in future require further medical treatment and will consequently incur future medical expenses,’’ the documents reveals. She is further obliged to undergo further medical and psychological treatment and suffers severe psychological trauma. As a result of these injuries, Neidel has sustained damages in the amount of N$400,000, which is calculated including past and future medical and related expenses totalling N$100,000.

With an additional N$400,000 for general damages for pain and suffering, discomfort, permanent disability, disfigurement, permanent loss of amenities of life, trauma and psychological damage.

‘’Plaintiff prays for judgement against the defendant for: Payment of N$500,000; Interest on the above amount at the rate of 20% per annum from the date of judgement to the date of payment; Further and or alternative relief; and Costs of suit,’’ the court documents state. The matter was in the High Court this week and has been postponed to 4 October for a Status hearing.

The plaintiff will be allowed to file her notice of intention to amend the particulars on or before Friday 9, and the defendant afforded an opportunity to consider any objections toit on or before 23 September, which objections are to be filed on or before 23 September, failing which the amended particulars of claim is to be filed,’’ the court order reads.

The parties are ordered to file a joint case status report on or before 30 September 2022.

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