Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I am unlucky' - Woman sues after slipping and falling on a chip in Dublin shopping centre

Lina Misiunaite, of Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Court
Lina Misiunaite, of Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Court
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A WOMAN is suing after she she slipped and fell on a chip in the food court area of the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin.

Mother-of-four Lina Misiunaite told the High Court her ankle went over and she fell forward injuring her knee as she walked through the food court over two years ago.

When she sat on a chair  afterwards, she saw the chip which  "was crushed" on the floor, she said.

Ms Misiunaite (36) Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin has sued the owners of the food court, HSBC Alternative  Investments Ltd and Grosvenor Limited, both UK registered, and Hines Real Estate Ireland Limited, Hogan Place, Dublin.

Lina Misiunaite, of Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Court
Lina Misiunaite, of Coldcut Park, Liffey Valley, Palmerstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Court

She has also sued food court cleaning company, Noonan Services Group Ltd , Swords Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin, as a result of the fall on November 4, 2014.

She claims a chip was allowed to remain on the floor of the food court and there was an  alleged failure to warn her of the danger posed by the chip.

She said afterwards she found it difficult to look after her young children and do household tasks such as vacuuming.  Lifting shopping bags was also difficult, he said.

The claims are denied.

Noonan Services Group also contends it had a proper cleaning system in place at the food court.

The court heard Ms Ms Misiunaite was shocked afterwards and was taken to an ambulance in a wheelchair.

She said her ankle injury cleared up within eight weeks but she was on anti-inflammatories for three months for her knee.

Under cross examination by Declan Buckley SC for the cleaning company, Ms Misiunaite agreed she had settled a claim against Lidl supermarkets  for €10,000 after she sued in relation to a  slip and fall in February 2013.

She agreed that she had hurt the same knee in that accident.

Mr Buckley put to her that she also was also in the past involved in a road traffic accident.

"I am unlucky, " she replied.

She denied her shoes had anything to do with her fall and said she was wearing practical short boots at the time.

"It had nothing to do with my heels," she commented.

The case continues.

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