Sunday 8 December 2019

Actress settles her €60k claim over fall on stage

Actress Frances Winston. Photo: Collins Photo Agency
Actress Frances Winston. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

A Dublin actress who struck her head on a stage as she took directions during rehearsals for Macbeth has settled a €60,000 claim for damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Frances Winston (45), of Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, alleged she was studying drama at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) when she was involved in the accident on April 27, 2012.

She claimed she was on stage taking part in a scene when her supervisor instructed her to take a step back. When she did so she fell over, striking her head on a raised platform.


In her personal injuries claim Ms Winston sued Brian Forbes, a DIT nominee, claiming she had suffered a bruise to her head in the fall and a second contusion to her cervical spine.

She attended St Vincent's University Hospital where she was prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxants, she claimed.

A medical report said Ms Winston was reviewed on August 21, 2012, and it was noted she had a tingling sensation in her right shoulder and arm.

Ms Winston also alleged in her claim that she suffered neck stiffness two to three times a week and pain in her head.

She claimed that DIT had been negligent and failed in its duty to ensure she did not suffer any injury while carrying out her studies.

Barrister Mark O'Connell, who appeared with Canal Quarter Solicitors for DIT, told Judge James O'Donohoe, before any evidence was called that there had been talks and her case had been settled.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed to the court and Mr O'Connell asked that the case be struck out.

Ms Winston appeared at Dublin District Court last month where she pleaded guilty to harassment of a BBC children's television presenter.

She received an eight-month suspended jail sentence.

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