Student settles x38k claim on bouncer
An 18-year-old student who claimed she was violently thrown out of a nightclub by a bouncer has settled a €38,000 claim against a security firm.
Sarah Douglas alleged she was in the Heaven and Heaven Nightclub, Blanchardstown, Dublin, in December 2007 when she was grabbed by the neck and "frogmarched" out.
Douglas, of Windermere, Clonsilla, Dublin, claimed that she struck her right wrist against a banister.
The following day she went to the James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, complaining of swelling and tenderness in "the anatomical snuff box" of her wrist.
A clinical fracture of the scaphoid bone was diagnosed and her hand was put in a splint and sling.
Later a plaster cast was applied which she wore for six weeks.
Being right-handed, she suffered niggles while doing lab work in college.
Cold weather caused pain while lifting or writing, affecting her at lectures and during pharmacy experiments.
Ms Douglas, who is now 22, alleged that while in the night club a bouncer had bumped into her causing her, and a friend, to fall against a large container of empty bottles.
Having approached the bouncer seeking an apology he grabbed her by the neck and frogmarched her out.
Barrister Raymond Delahunt, counsel for Ms Douglas, said she had sued the nightclub owner Patrick Kilmartin and P & B Security Services Limited, Dair Rua, Kilwarden, Kill, Co Kildare, both of whom had denied responsibility.
He told Judge Jacqueline Linnane the matter had been settled for an undisclosed sum.