Secretary lays R470 000 claim after ceiling falls on her

2015-05-06 11:32
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Bloemfontein - A secretary has laid a claim of more than R470 000 in damages against the Bloemfontein Mediclinic where she works after the ceiling of her office collapsed on her, Netwerk24 reported on Wednesday.

Nicolette Blaauw, 38, sustained a serious shoulder injury on March 28 when the ceiling collapsed, and has labelled the injury a "frozen shoulder".

Blaauw claims in court documents that she is experiencing a lot of pain, which has since spread to her neck, and she struggles to even comb her hair with her right hand.

The claim is broken down into medical costs, which come to R23 000; partial disablement for R150 000; and general damages of R300 000.

Blaauw asserts that the workers of the office where she works were negligent, and did not do the necessary maintenance on the office.

Mediclinic denied the claims, blaming the collapsed ceiling on Exeter Developments, which renovated that particular office.

Exeter Developments, meanwhile, denied any liability, claiming telephone lines, computer cables and air conditioning could have contributed to the collapsed ceiling.

Blaauw has also laid a claim against the contractor of the building through her lawyer, Advocate André Berry.

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