Woman awarded €20k after breaking her ankle in smoking area of disco
A 24-year-old telesales operative, whose right ankle was broken when a woman fell over her at a Co Dublin disco, has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Aoife Lamb claimed that in August 2011, she had had been in an overcrowded smoking area at the award-winning The Wright Venue nightclub in Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co Dublin.
Ms Lamb, of Seabury Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin, claimed that another woman had slipped on a wet floor, bumping into her as she fell.
She said she had been struck on her left shoulder by the other woman and both of them had fallen onto a concrete floor. The other woman had fallen on the top of her, breaking Ms Lamb’s right ankle.
Ms Lamb told her barrister, Matthew Jolley, that she had been helped to her feet by another patron of the club who had brought her to an emergency exit staircase. A night club employee had given her First Aid treatment.
Lamb told the court that she was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where X-rays revealed a fracture to her ankle.
She had needed to wear a cast for several weeks and had then undergone several sessions of physiotherapy treatment. The court heard she had ongoing occasional pain to her ankle and her social life had been disturbed.
Ms Lamb sued The Wright Bar Group Ltd, with a registered address at Dublin Road, Sutton, Co Dublin, for negligence and breach of duty.
The nightclub, which had denied liability in a full defence to Ms Lamb’s claim, alleged she herself had already fallen to the ground when the second woman had gone to help her and had then fallen over Ms Lamb as she lay on the floor. The club denied the area had been over-crowded.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, awarding Lamb €20,000 damages, said in his view evidence showed the smoking area was excessively crowded.