Tuesday 17 January 2017

Injuries claim over hotel fall is dismissed

Tim Healy

Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30

The High Court, Dublin
The High Court, Dublin

A man who claimed he was left seriously injured after falling from a hotel bedroom faces a hefty legal bill after his personal injuries claim was dismissed.

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Jason Platt had claimed more than €1.4m for injuries due to a fall through an unsafe bedroom window in the Old Bank House Hotel, Kinsale, Co Cork.

But Dublin's High Court ruled the 49-year-old from Liverpool, England, had grossly exaggerated his disability since the fall six years ago.

Mr Platt, now faces the costs of the eight-day High Court hearing. He had claimed for aids including a powered wheelchair, a special scooter, a specially adapted car, a stair lift and the services of a gardener, cleaner and skilled handy man.

But video footage filmed last year and earlier this year showed him leaving his house, shopping and driving his car, the judge said.

He claimed he suffered the life-changing injuries as he attempted to flick ash from a cigarette through the bedroom window during a Valentine's weekend stay with his partner on February 15, 2009.

The hotel owners said he threw himself from the window after an argument with his fiancee.

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