Grandmother, 83, died when she slipped on ‘Bag For Life’ at Poundland and face-planted on the floor
- Mary Martin, 83, tripped on the plastic bag in the discount store and fell over
- The grandmother-of-13 landed on her face at the store in Queenborough, Kent
- She died 12 hours later and relatives say the shop has ‘blood on its hands’
- Karen Mann, from Hodge Jones & Allen representing the family, said what was most tragic was that ‘her death was totally avoidable’
Mary (pictured) was rushed to Minster Hospital, in Kent, where she was checked over before being taken to her daughter’s Julie Dines home
A grandmother-of-13 died after she slipped on a ‘bag for life’ in Poundland and smashed her face into the floor.
Mary Martin, 83, tripped on the plastic bag in the discount store and fell over, landing on her face, but passed away 12 hours later.
Relatives have declared that the shop has ‘blood on its hands,’ after the September 15 incident, and are suing them.
The 83-year-old, from Upper Halling, in Kent, had been shopping for jumpers at the Queenborough store with her daughter and son-in-law before the fall.
Daughter Julie Dines, 57, said: ‘I get upset all the time and can’t help thinking that if it wasn’t for that plastic bag, my mum would still be here.
‘Poundland have got blood on their hands – when you go out for a spot of shopping, you don’t expect to have an accident that costs you your life, but that’s what happened to mum.’
The grandmother’s family said the bargain chain has ‘blood on its hands’ over the incident involving a Bag For Life (stock image)
Son-in-law Dave Dines was stood in front of Mary when she ‘flew towards him’ at the till.
The 54-year-old labourer said: ‘Mum had just bumped into an old friend of hers who she hadn’t seen for years and they were talking about how they would see each other soon.
Mary Martin, 83, (pictured) tripped on the plastic bag in the discount store and fell over, landing on her face, but passed away 12 hours later
‘We then went into Poundland and mum got some jumpers.
‘We were at the till and the next thing I knew she was flying towards me and she hit her head hard on the floor.
‘What upset me most was that Poundland referred to the bag that killed as a ‘bag for life’ in their report.
‘This wasn’t a bag for life – it was a bag that took her life.’
CCTV showed the moment Mary fell and hit her head in the store on from September 15.
Her son-in-law put her in the recovery position and said she had blood around her eye but ‘was conscious the whole time.’
Mary was rushed to Minster Hospital where she was checked over before being taken to her daughter’s Julie’s home.
But when the pensioner began getting ready for bed, she told Julie she felt sick and became ‘violently ill.’
Julie said: ‘I kept screaming ‘mum, mum’ but there was no response from her at all.
‘She was just sat on the bed and it was like she had gone.’
Five ambulances rushed to their home within minutes but Mary passed away in the early hours of the morning.
Julie said: ‘We are seriously considering moving out of our home as we can still see mum being ill and being taken out of here by the paramedics – we just can’t live here any more.’
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The family is suing Poundland for personal injury and calling for all plastic bags to be removed from the end of the tills.
Dave added: ‘Poundland shouldn’t get away with this – that plastic bag which caused mum’s death was on the floor when she slipped on it.
‘Somebody should have picked up that bag rather than just leaving it there to kill her.’
Karen Mann, from Hodge Jones & Allen representing the family, said what was most tragic was that ‘her death was totally avoidable.’
The specialist personal injury solicitor added: ‘Mary Martin’s family have been left devastated by losing their loving and kind mother and grandmother in such a horrendous way.
‘If the carrier bag had not been left on the floor then she would not have slipped over and lost her life.’
A spokesman for Poundland said: ‘We’re aware of what happened to Mrs Dines’ mum in September.
‘As you’d expect, we immediately reported the accident and anticipate the full circumstances will be looked at in due course.
‘We have been in touch with the family and provided them with support.
‘We continue to extend our sympathies to Mrs Dines and her family.’
The 83-year-old had been shopping for jumpers at the Queenborough store with her daughter and son-in-law before the fall
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