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Saturday 23 August 2014

Man who fell down stairs of pub settles action for €250k

Tim Healy

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

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Frank McHugh pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after he settled his High Court action for damages. Picture: Collins
Frank McHugh pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after he settled his High Court action for damages. Picture: Collins

AN elderly man who claimed he suffered a brain injury after falling down the stairs of a well-known pub has settled his High Court action for €250,000.

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Grandfather and father-of-five Frank McHugh (80), of Maxwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, was in a coma after the fall in The Stag's Head in Dublin city centre and suffered a severe brain injury.

He will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life, his counsel told the court.

Mr McHugh sued Shelbourne O'Brien Ltd, trading as The Stag's Head, as a result of his fall on April 24, 2011. Mr McHugh claimed there was a failure to provide a safe means of access to and from the toilets in the Dublin pub.

He also claimed a failure to give adequate warning of the dangers allegedly present in the stairwell.

Shelbourne O'Brien denied the claims and said Mr McHugh was the author of his own misfortune having fallen as a consequence of his own negligence.

It was further claimed that Mr McHugh failed to descend the stairs in a safe manner.

Richard McDonnell SC, for Mr McHugh, said his client suffered severe injuries and skull fractures and will require nursing care for the rest of his life.

The pensioner has no memory of the accident. CCTV footage showed him taking the first step of the stairs, and tumbling forward, counsel said.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine, approving the €250,000 settlement, said the way that Mr McHugh's five children had looked after him on a rota basis since his accident was quite humbling.

Irish Independent

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