€25k for woman 'tripped by child' at roller disco
A woman who claimed she was tripped during a Spin Roller Disco by an unidentified child has been awarded €25,000 in damages against the company that ran the event.
Barbara Thomas, a 44-year-old executive officer, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she fell and suffered a fractured thumb and whiplash-type injuries after hitting her head against a wall.
She sued Spin Roller Disco Ltd, of Spin Building, Walkins-town, Dublin, alleging that the incident was caused by the company's negligence and breach of duty.
She claimed Spin Roller Disco had failed to implement a proper safety regime against the risks posed by a crowd that included inadequately supervised children.
Ms Thomas, of St Anthony's Crescent, Greenhills, Dublin, told her counsel Ciaran Mandal that she tripped over a small child and suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders and thumb, as well as blunt-force injury to both her kneecaps.
She was off work for a week and had to attend her GP.
Mr Justice Groarke heard that Ms Thomas had to wear a splint to immobilise her thumb, which caused a reduced range of movement and grip strength in her right hand.
Her employment had involved many tasks requiring manual dexterity, such as typing and writing, and this had caused her pain after extended periods of activity.
Spin Roller Disco Ltd's counsel told Mr Justice Groarke that his instructing solicitors had been unable to obtain directions from the company, whose defence had already been struck out by the court for failure to make discovery in the case.
He said he was unable to assist the court over any matter relating to the case.
After awarding Ms Thomas damages of €25,000, Judge Groarke granted Mr Mandal leave to apply again to the court relating to the status of the company.
Mr Mandal said Spin Roller Disco Ltd was no longer operating.
He said it appeared that a couple of years ago the same directors had set up a new company in new premises to carry on activities similar to Spin Roller Disco Ltd.