High court determines that it cannot be assumed that hot chips are only eaten at lunch

Stickley, Amanda P. (2012) High court determines that it cannot be assumed that hot chips are only eaten at lunch. Queensland Lawyer, 32(2), pp. 77-79.


In Strong v Woolworth Ltd (t/as Big W) (2012) 285 ALR 420 the appellant was injured when she fell at a shopping centre outside the respondent’s premises. The appellant was disabled, having had her right leg amputated above the knee and therefore walked with crutches. One of the crutches came into contact with a hot potato chip which was on the floor, causing the crutch to slip and the appellant to fall. The appellant sued in negligence, alleging that the respondent was in breach of its duty of care by failing to institute and maintain a cleaning system to detect spillages and foreign objects within its sidewalk sales area. The issue before the High Court was whether it could be established on the balance of probabilities as to when the hot chip had fallen onto the ground so as to prove causation in fact...

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ID Code: 50671
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Negligence, Causation, Civil Liability Act
ISSN: 0312-1658
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Tort Law (180126)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters (Australia/NZ)
Deposited On: 30 May 2012 22:01
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2013 04:13

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