Posted: 10 February, 2016
Footy fan launches law suit after slipping on hot chips.
This bloke seems to have massive chip on his shoulder.
The 62-year-old is suing the SANFL for over $90,000 over an accidental fall at an Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers game at AAMI Stadium.
Stephen John Benton attended the AFL game June 30, 2012 and submitted documents to the Adelaide Magisterates Court in June of last year, claiming he sustained injury at a food kiosk at the northern end of AAMI Stadium.
The claim states: “upon exiting the food kiosk, (Mr Benton) slipped on fried chips that were located on the floor inside,”
“Following the incident, (he) alerted ... staff to the presence of the fried chips on the floor inside the kiosk."
“(They) immediately cleaned the area where (he) fell, which, if cleaned earlier, would have prevented the (accident).”
An excerpt from The Advertiser explains:
Mr Benton, of Glengowrie, in Adelaide’s southwest, claims the league breached its duty of care after it “failed” to properly monitor or clean the floors inside the kiosk.
The SANFL, which managed the West Lakes-based stadium before AFL moved to the $535 million redeveloped Adelaide Oval in 2014, denies the claim, arguing he did not take adequate care or watch out for danger.
Mr Benton is suing the league for damages and costs totalling $94,827.75, for his “injury, loss and damage”, and has flagged further claims.
“(Mr Benton) has suffered, and will continue to suffer, pain ... and a loss of enjoyment of the amenities of life,” it states.
“(He) will (also) require assistance in the future with activities of daily living including cleaning and gardening, whether provided on a paid basis or voluntarily.”
In its statement of defence, league lawyers claimed Mr Benton was negligent, did not suffer any adverse consequences while the injury was minor and a result of a precondition.
It argues he “failed” to keep any proper lookout, take adequate care for his own safety, to look where he was walking or to observe an obvious risk.
Both parties declined to comment. The matter returns to court in May.
Head to adelaidenow.com.au for the rull report.