Anita Smith was walking to work at the Kiama Village Shopping Centre in NSW on May 14th when a magpie-lark, also known as a peewee, swooped her, causing a “severe” injury, according to Nine News.
Now her employer, Woolworths, has been ordered to pay her $17,000 in lost wages plus medical bills after the injury to her right eye left her unable to work.
Smith had to have surgery in July to repair what she described in her claim as an “inturned central part of the right eye flap” and was unable to work for 25 weeks.
She claimed Woolworths should have done something to protect its employees, however they argued they were not liable to pay the damages as she was not working at the time.
The Workers Compensation Commission rejected their appeal and ordered the supermarket to pay Smith the compensation last month.