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Friday 26 May 2017

Mum-of-four suing after slipping on chip insists, 'I'm unlucky'

Mother-of-four Lina Misiunaite, who fell in the food court at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin
Mother-of-four Lina Misiunaite, who fell in the food court at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin

A woman is suing after she slipped and fell on a chip in the food court at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin.

Mother-of-four Lina Misiunaite told the High Court that her ankle went over and she fell forward injuring her knee as she walked through the food court over two years ago.

When she sat on a chair afterwards, she saw the chip, which "was crushed" on the floor, she said.

Ms Misiunaite (36), of Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin, is suing the owners of the food court, HSBC Alternative Investments Ltd and Grosvenor Ltd, both UK-registered, and Hines Real Estate Ireland Ltd, of Hogan Place, Dublin.

She is also taking action against food court cleaning company Noonan Services Group Ltd, of Swords Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin, as a result of the fall on November 4, 2014.

Ms Misiunaite claims a chip was allowed to remain on the floor of the food court and there was an alleged failure to warn her of the danger it posed.

She said that, after her accident, she found it difficult to look after her young children and do household tasks such as vacuuming. Lifting shopping bags was also difficult, she said.

The claims are denied.

Noonan Services Group also contends that it had a proper cleaning system in place at the food court.

The court heard that Ms Misiunaite was shocked afterwards and was taken to an ambulance in a wheelchair.

She said her ankle injury cleared up within eight weeks but she was on anti-inflammatory drugs for three months to help her knee recover.

Under cross-examination by Declan Buckley for the cleaning company, Ms Misiunaite agreed that she had settled a claim against Lidl supermarkets for €10,000 after she sued in relation to a slip and fall in 2013.

Heels

She agreed that she had hurt the same knee in that accident.

Mr Buckley put it to her that she was also involved in a road accident in the past.

"I am unlucky," Ms Misiunaite replied.

She denied that her shoes had had anything to do with the fall and said she was wearing practical short boots at the time.

"It had nothing to do with my heels," she said.

The case continues.

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