A pot of gold may yet cushion her fall.
A Clifford Chance secretary who sued Sainsbury's for £500,000 after she slipped on a puddle of coconut oil is one step closer to a big payday after the supermarket admitted it was in breach of duty.
Georgina Hennessy fell over at the grocer's Chingford branch as she was leaving the shop in July 2019.
"Upon turning a corner by the self-service checkouts, the claimant slipped on a split coconut oil product, sustaining a serious injury to her right ankle and a laceration to her right hand", her claim form stated.
An ambulance was called and Hennessey was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital for treatment, and subsequently had surgery on her ankle which required two screws.
But as a result of the accident she also experienced "significant psychological symptoms" including PTSD, said Irwin Mitchell, her solicitors.
Hennessey underwent a course of cognitive behavioural therapy and a course of "eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing", a therapy which helps people overcome their trauma, such as bowling over on coconut oil, by focusing on the incident.
Hennessey's lawyers said a half million pound bounty was warranted because Sainsbury's staff negligently "caused and/or permitted the floor to be or to become or remain wet/slippery with a split oil product".
In the defence submitted to the High Court, Sainsbury's has conceded that it was in breach of its duty. But it did not roll/slip over completely. The supermarket, represented by Clyde & Co, alleged that any loss or injury suffered by Hennessey was partly caused by her own negligence in "failing to keep any or proper lookout", "failing to notice the oily substance", "failing to take any or proper care in the placing of her feet", "failing to keep her balance", "failing to note and heed the wet floor sign", and "failing to take any or proper care for her own safety".
Angling for a payout of under £100,000, Sainsbury's questioned whether the legal secretary's claim should be heard in the High Court, or batted down to the County Court given "the potential upper value of a claim where the claimant has returned to work and has limited ongoing care needs".