Greek Orthodox church to be sued after woman slips on wet leaf
The 70-year-old is claiming damages, including the cost of past and future medical expenses
Springvale's St Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church is being sued based on claims by a 70-year-old parishioner that she slipped on a wet leaf at the premises.
According to a report by the Herald Sun, Penelope Liakopoulos said that the church was negligent in its failure to remove the leaf from the foyer of the premises, or should at least have warned her over its presence.
In the statement that was lodged with the Country Court, Ms Liakopoulos claimed that as a result of the incident she fractured her right wrist.
Described as a traumatic experience, she was required to undergo surgery and has continued to endure aftereffects such as ongoing pain and restricted movement and is claiming damages, including past and future medical expenses.
Ms Liakopoulos says the church has a duty of care to parishioners to avoid exposing them to such potential risks, and that they failed to do so.
She says the church should have an anti-slip coating on the floor of the building's entrance, and have a system in place for inspecting floors "for slip hazards such as the leaf", or preventing them from entering the premises.
In an interview with Neos Kosmos, St Athanasios parish priest Father Efstathios Ladas said he did not know exactly what had happened, but added that Ms Liakopoulos is clearly seeking compensation through her allegations.
Father Ladas says that the church's solicitor and insurance company are currently handling the matter.
- Register Now
- Commemorating the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution
- Laskarina Bouboulina, the Lady of the Revolution
- Heritage Victoria gives green light for Evangelismos Church restoration
- €300 million investment in smoke-free product manufacturing facility in Greece
- This March we march for endometriosis
- Greece faces Belgian roadblock on road to Russia
- Revolution comprehended
- Four dead in tragic accident on Greek highway
- Turkey threatens Greece and Cyprus
- Parthenon voted the most beautiful building in the world
- RIP George Hatzipanagiotis
- World's most beautiful street located in Greece
- Parthenon Marbles resurgence
- Healthy and delicious meals to carry us through Greek Orthodox Lent
- Brother of alleged Bourke Street murderer, Angelo Gargasoulas jailed for two months
- Greece looks to become top tourism destination in the world
- The best IGA in the world belongs to a Greek migrant from Ikaria
Greek Australian designer Dimitria Papafotiou talks about kicking goals and dreaming big.
Greek Orthodox Community of NSW votes 55 per cent 'yes'.
Having visited and written about Greek communities in various parts of the world, Alexander Billinis turns his attention back home, to his own Greek community.
The investment by Philip Morris International is the biggest in Greece since the crisis started in 2010, creating 400 new jobs.
Congratulations to Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson.
The Greece-based company was awarded the Top Rated Retail Interiors Project 2016 award.
After a career that saw him reach football great heights, Greece international Avraam Papadopoulos is back where he was born and ready to show what Australia missed out on.
The Greek songstress will battle it out on the stage, with a performance of This Is Love.
Three-time Olympian Vasiliki Millousi stars in the film Gymnast at the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
The matter relates to a controversial decision regarding a settlement with former board member Aldrin De Zilva.
Hellenic lawmakers decided to allow the descendants of Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in Israel, to apply for Greek citizenship.
Players will be putting their best foot forward as they compete to make the final cut early next week.
Greece has made an offer of recurring loans of archaeological wonders in exchange for the Marbles.
The love for Greek-inspired gold jewellery sold among bouquets of flowers.
Recommendations to EU and national leaders to end the disappearance, suffering and exploitation of children in migration.
Dr Heather Jackson will present a lecture on 'Images of Myth and Life: the University of Melbourne Collection of Greek Vases'.
Dr Stefanos Dimitrakopoulos' invaluable contribution to Melbourne research will help advance our understanding of brain changes in schizophrenia.
Victorian Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton on the growing concern of young people committing serious and violent crimes.