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Sunday 19 November 2017

'Underwear and skirt were wet after pub fall' - woman

Samantha Griffin
Samantha Griffin

A woman who claims she suffered a "horrific" leg fracture after falling on an allegedly wet floor at her local pub has sued for damages.

Samantha Griffin claims she was dancing to music in the lounge of The Laurels pub, Clondalkin, Dublin, when she fell backwards at about 2.45am and ended up on the floor.

"I went to step back; I went flying. I slipped back. I fell on my back. My skirt and underwear were wet," she told Mr Justice Bernard Barton at the High Court.

She disagreed with counsel for the pub that the floor was "bone dry".

The defence denies liability and says Ms Griffin lost her balance due to pushing another customer away from her while dancing. It also claims consumption of alcohol affected her balance.

Ms Griffin had consumed four or five drinks during the evening, the court was told. Ms Griffin (47), a mother of two of Cherrywood Grove, Clondalkin, sued Bellway Ltd, with offices at Lower Camden Street, Dublin, trading as The Laurels, Main Street, Clondalkin, as a result of the accident on December 7, 2013.

She alleges failure to properly or adequately maintain the floor and that patrons were allegedly allowed to dance in close proximity to tables containing drinks.

Patrons were also allowed to dance while holding or consuming drinks, she claims.

Bellway denies the claims and contends Ms Griffin pushed a fellow customer away from her whilst dancing and lost her balance.

Pain

It also pleads contributory negligence by Ms Griffin.

Declan Buckley, for Ms Griffin, said his client suffered a horrific fracture to her lower leg and has been left in pain.

He said she had gone to the pub with a female friend, had about five drinks during the course of the night and was not "hiding from that".

Ms Griffin said she was dancing at 2.45am when a man approached her and made a "provocative" comment. She went to step back and fell.

Hugh Mohan, for Bellway, put to her the floor was "bone dry". Ms Griffin said she disagreed with that.

The case continues.

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