May 10th 2014: The signage over the front of the Kitchener and Thomas Euronics store in Windsor Road, Penarth, was blown off by high winds. A woman from Cornwall is now suing the store for £200,000 in respect of injuries sustained in the incident

A 61 year old woman –  who was injured when she was struck by a large sign blown off the front of the Kitchener and Thomas electronics store in Windsor Road  in 2014 – is now reported to be claiming damages of £200,000.

WalesonLine reports that the woman Mrs Petula Chapman (61)  sustained  broken bones and mild brain damage.

May 10th 2014 : The main shopping area of Penarth was closed to traffic whilst police and South Wales Fire and Rescue officers dealt with the incident

Mrs Chapman had been leaving the store when a large Euronics sign above the shopfront was dislodged by high winds and struck her.

This is what the signs looked like when they were still in place – before the May 10th 2014 accident

A writ issued at the High Court in London says she was taken to hospital and was left with “serious disabling injuries and mild brain damage” .

Mrs Chapman has sued the store’s owners Kitchener and Thomas Ltd for more than £200,000 in damages. The High Court writ is reported to state that the firm  has accepted liability for the accident.

At the time of the accident Mrs Chapman of Bissoe Road, Carnon Downs, Truro, Cornwall, was with her son Ian, who was less seriously injured and whose claim against the company has been settled without legal proceedings

May 10th 2014 : The collapsed signage had to be weighted down with sandbags to stop it taking off again in the strong winds

Mrs Chapman, sustained  the fracture of three ribs, her spine in three places, and suffered multiple fractures to her shoulder, wrist and both legs according to her barrister. The writ is reported to state that  “Complicating the effects of her brain injury is the significant psychological problems she has suffered which are in turn driven by the pain and problems created by her orthopaedic injuries. Underpinning her depression and brain injury is the very serious orthopaedic injuries she has suffered.”

WalesonLine reports that the company’s defence to the action was not available from the court and the claims made in the writ have yet to be tested in evidence before a judge.


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  1. Ron Foxton says:

    Three long years after the event a writ is fired off. I’d have been a little swifter getting my claim in, especially if my son had already settled amicably for the same incident.


    ‘Dear Insert Name, as an expression of our appreciation for your valued support, please accept your Euronics luxury fruit basket and enclosed £20 gift voucher, without prejudice. We would like to thank you for your custom and hope that the signs are good for you to visit us again. (Valid for three months from day of issue).’

  2. sjleworthy says:

    what you talking about Ron??? the woman’s had multiple injuries and brain damage, and you mock? 3 years is nothing.

    • Ron Foxton says:

      I too sustained horrific multiple injuries earlier today. It will take a while to get over the subsequent trauma and I’m told there may be some disfigurement and scaring. My own fault if the truth be known, our Burmese was due a nail trim. Live and learn…

  3. Peter Church says:

    “Brain Injury” is not exactly the same thing as “Brain Damage”
    Brain Injury, I got hit on the head and felt sick and had a headache for a few hours.
    Brain Damage, I was staved of oxygen during an operation and now have permanent memory loss and ongoing reduced motor function.

    Hence why some people are sceptical.

  4. Anne Greagsby says:

    Shocking. These signs above shops are way too big and tawdry.. The size should be restricted in a conservation area and the appearance appropriate. Maybe our new town Councillors will take action but judging by the huge Labour hoarding in Windsor Terrace it’s not likely. Will Martin Gossage resume as chair if the momentum group do something about it? Maybe Chris Loyn could devise a concrete sign. Despair!!

  5. penarth resident says:

    The lady would have had to issue Court Proceedings, to be able to continue with her claim , in line with the limitation period for pursuing personal injury claims, which is 3 years.

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