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Monday 20 August 2018

I was in agony after bar stool fall, says mum

SUED: Owners deny blame for injury

A WOMAN broke her ankle when she fell while trying to get on to a wobbly bar stool in her local, the High Court heard.

Mother-of-two Lucy Levins (42), Edenmore Gardens, Raheny, Dublin, says she was left "complete and absolute agony" after her ankle got trapped in the stool at the Edenmore House on February 22, 2009.

She also claims that after undergoing an operation on her fractured ankle, she developed an infection and needed to use a wheelchair for several months. As a result of her injuries, she was unable to return to work.

Ms Levins, claims the owners of the pub, Monastic Investments Ltd, were negligent and in breach of their duty of care towards her by allowing her to use a bar stool that was dangerous and defective.

The claims are denied. Contributory negligence is also pleaded. Counsel for Ms Levins said that the accident occurred after she had been dancing with friends in the pub.

It was claimed that as she attempted to sit on the bar stool, which was "wobbly and unstable", she fell. Her foot became caught in the footrest and she suffered a serious ankle injury.

Ms Levins told the court that she was left in "complete and absolute agony" after the fall and required oxygen in the pub when the ambulance crew arrived.





Hospital

She also told the court that she developed an infection after the operation which resulted in her been unable to walk and had to be dressed at Beaumont hospital on a daily basis for several months.

She said that the source of the infection was not known for several months until it was discovered that she was allergic to material used in bandage dressing.

The case, before Ms Justice Mary Irvine, continues.

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