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Vacuum cleaner claim is settled
Norman Grant, pictured outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Norman Grant settled out of court
A man who launched a civil action against Dyson after claiming his new vacuum cleaner sent him flying down stairs has settled out of court.

Norman Grant, 59, of Cranford Road, Aberdeen, claims he suffered painful head and wrist injuries in the accident at his home in March 2002.

Mr Grant said the hose extension knocked him down his stairs as he tried to clean cobwebs.

Dyson admitted liability for the accident.

Mr Grant's accident with the Dyson happened the day after his partner bought the cleaner.

'Resolved amicably'

George Clark, of compensation firm Quantum Claims, who represented Mr Grant, said: "I can confirm matters have been resolved amicably and Mr Grant is happy."

Mr Clark said he could not comment further.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court in June, Mr Grant used the purple and aqua Dyson to demonstrate how he had been injured.

He said he had been stretching with the hose extension to clear cobwebs when it broke.

Mr Grant said there was a flash and he was struck with something before finding himself at the bottom of the stairs.

He said he fell about 14 or 15 steps and still experiences pain.

Mr Grant, who is semi-retired, said he had been forced to turn down a driving job due to the pain.

He said other activities such as golf, gardening and household chores had also been affected.

Jessie Jack, 60, Mr Grant's partner of 40 years, told the court she found him at the bottom of the stairs after his fall.

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