Fast food giant McDonald's has told an Adelaide court it should not be held responsible for injuries to a cleaner who slipped outside one of its restaurants.

Anastassia Zissis, 60, says she slipped on liquid that had been spilled in an access passage at the back of the company's Myer Centre outlet in Rundle Mall.

The incident happened in October 2008.

Ms Zissis is suing McDonald's and the building's manager, Colonial First State Property Management, in South Australia's District Court.

In court documents, Ms Zissis claims she injured her neck, lower back and buttocks and has suffered headaches and psychological injuries which have impaired her ability to lead a normal life and return to full employment.

She alleges the liquid was in the walkway as a result of negligence by McDonald's staff and that both defendants failed to warn her of the hazard.

Ms Zissis says staff in the centre were not adequately trained in handling and disposing of the substance and that there was no system of inspection and cleaning in that area.

Ms Zissis' husband, Angelo Zissis, has joined his wife's claim against the company.

He says he has suffered a loss of companionship, services and assistance as a result of his wife's injuries.

Both defendants are denying the claim, with McDonald's saying the spill was obvious and that Ms Zissis was not wearing proper footwear.

The company claims the accident was caused solely by Ms Zissis' own negligence because she did not keep a proper lookout.

Colonial First State also denies it had a duty of care to Ms Zissis and argues she was obliged to inspect and clean the area.

It says the centre had appropriate systems in place to deal with spills and her failure to stop and mop up the mess contributed to the incident.

The company argues Ms Zissis' injuries were only temporary and she has now fully recovered.

The matter will return to court in March.


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