Tuesday 22 October 2019

'Wet floor caused me to slip' - clubber sues Copper Face Jacks after fracturing ankle

The case continues. (stock photo)
The case continues. (stock photo)

A man who claimed he broke his ankle after slipping on a wet floor at Copper Face Jacks has sued the Dublin nightclub in the High Court.

Bar manager Colin Mc- Namara was in the club after attending an Ireland football match at the Aviva Stadium.

He said he was in a basement bar when the accident happened.

"The wet floor caused me to slip and fall. I turned to walk but I ended up on the floor," he told Mr Justice Michael Hanna.


Mr McNamara (36), of Sycamore Avenue, Rathbane, Co Limerick, sued Breanagh Catering Ltd, owner of the Harcourt Street nightclub, over the accident on October 9, 2015.

He claimed that the wet floor represented a slipping hazard to patrons.

There was alleged failure to take any or any adequate steps to clean and dry the floor.

The claims were denied.

However, the court was told that judgment in the case had been entered in default of app- earance and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

In evidence, Mr McNamara said bouncers came and picked him up from the floor and took him out to a back alley where a member of staff tended to his leg, looked at the ankle and told him that it was not broken.

Mr McNamara said he was told they could not ring for an ambulance and he "hobbled away" and got a taxi back to his hotel.

He said he was in a lot of pain that night, and when he got back to Limerick he went to hospital where he was told he had fractured his ankle.

He later had to have an operation during which a plate and screws were inserted. He was out of work for 20 weeks.

Mr McNamara said he also had to use crutches for eight weeks.

He had been left with a scar on his ankle, and when he worked long shifts his ankle swelled up afterwards, he said.

The case continues.

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