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Stenning v Sanig (NSWCA) - negligence - slip on steps - contributory negligence established - damages for future assistance reassessed - damages reduced
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Stenning v Sanig [2015] NSWCA 214
Court of Appeal of New South Wales
Macfarlan, Hoeben & Gleeson JJA
Negligence - respondent slipped on path leading from appellant’s house - respondent sued appellant in negligence alleging steps on path excessively slippery - respondent succeeded in claim - appellant challenged finding of negligence, finding of no contributory negligence and award of damages for future paid assistance - held: appellant failed to establish error in finding he was negligent and that negligence caused respondent’s injuries - respondent was careless as to where she placed foot when she was aware of danger - respondent’s contribution to accident much less than appellant’s - liability apportioned at 85% against appellant and 15% against respondent - damages for future assistance reassessed - damages reduced.