€50,000 for three women injured when fight started beside them in nightclub
THREE women who were kicked, or punched, and knocked to a glass-strewn floor when a row broke out close to them at a night club have been awarded more than €50,000.
Judge Tom O’Donnell said the Red Cow based Moran Hotel on the Naas Road had underestimated security levels for its Hush Nightclub while P&B Security, of Kilwarden, Kill, Co Kildare, had abdicated its professional advisory responsibilities to the hotel.
Danielle Boylan, a 26-year-old trainee accountant, of Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, whose knees were lacerated with glass when she was knocked to the floor, was awarded €25,000 on a 50/50 liability basis against the hotel owners, T & S Taverns Ltd., and P&B.
She told her counsel Eileen McAuley that she had been left with permanent scarring, particularly to her left knee, and had been advised that plastic surgery would not help reduce the marks.
Pamela Reid, (25), unemployed of The Hollows, Lucan, Co Dublin, told barrister Barney Quirke she had been struck over the head with a glass bottle.
She said lumps of hair had been pulled from her head and she had been left with follicle damage which doctors had advised would never fully recover.
Ms Reid said she had suffered concussion on the night and had suffered from headaches for a number of months after the assault which had taken place at Hush Nightclub, formerly Club Diva, on 2nd March, 2008. Judge O’Donnell, awarding her €17,500 jointly against the defendants, said she had suffered traumatic alopecia following the assault.
The judge awarded 29-year-old beauty therapist Chantelle Peart, also of The Hollows, Lucan, €12,000 who had suffered facial injuries during the row.
Ms Peart told Mr Quirke she had suffered a blow to the right side of her face which had become very noticeably swollen following the assault. For a while she had been unable to open her mouth.
Mr Quirke said Ms Peart had spent €3,500 on her teeth but it remained uncertain what impact the assault had on her dental problem which had been caused mainly by overcrowding of teeth.
Judge O’Donnell awarded costs in all cases against both defendants, holding them equally liable for damages. There had been an underestimation of the number of security staff required for the running of the club on the night.