Tuesday 17 January 2017

Former footballer settles High Court action over slip

Tim Healy

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

The former soccer player has settled his High Court action Stock photo: Depositphotos
The former soccer player has settled his High Court action Stock photo: Depositphotos

A former Shamrock Rovers player who sued after he claimed that he slipped on water and injured his leg playing indoor football has settled his High Court action.

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Former midfielder Stephen Wilkie (37) had told the court his pain levels were "through the roof" after the fall seven years ago.

He also said he now has stabbing deep pain which "hurts like hell".

In the fall, the father of three fractured his left leg and later had to have operations to repair the injury.

Mr Wilkie, of Cushlawn Dale, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin, had sued Tymon Bawn Community Association Ltd, with offices at Firhouse Road West, Tallaght, the owners of the Tymon Bawn Community Centre, Firhouse Road West, Tallaght, Dublin, as a result of the fall on July 23, 2009.

He claimed he was allowed to play football at the centre when it ought to have been known that it posed a risk or a danger to him.

The claims were denied and the defendant argued contributory negligence on the part of Mr Wilkie who, it contended, fell in a clash with another player.

On the third day of the action, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the case had been settled and could be struck out.

Last week the court heard that, prior to the accident, it was claimed Mr Wilkie was a very fit person and an avid kickboxer.

In evidence, Mr Wilkie said in the weeks prior to the accident there was scaffolding around the community centre and men were working on the roof.

He said it was lashing rain on the night of the accident and five of them were playing football.

He said the floor was shiny and looked polished. He was wearing indoor football shoes and they had been playing for about 20 minutes when he slipped.

Irish Independent

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