Wedding guest settles nose injury case
Published 02/12/2011 | 05:00
A WEDDING guest, whose nose was fractured when an automatic door allegedly closed and struck her face as she stood in the doorway, has settled a damages claim.
Martina Fivey (41) told the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin yesterday that on February 23, 2008, she was attending her sister's wedding reception in the Mullingar Park Hotel in Co Westmeath.
After dinner, Ms Fivey had left the function room and headed towards the smoking area before realising her husband had her lighter.
She had stood in the open automatic doorway as she waited for her husband to join her. As she did so one of the doors closed suddenly and struck her on the nose.
She told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that her face had turned black and blue for a couple of weeks and she had to cover up the marks with make-up.
Ms Fivey, who said she had a history of nasal problems requiring surgery dating back to 2005, had noticed immediately after the incident that her nose had been bent to the right side.
X-rays revealed her nose had been fractured and she needed to have it manipulated under general anaesthetic to straighten it.
Ms Fivey, of Mahonstown, Gaybrook, Mullingar, accepted an undisclosed settlement figure.
She had sued Euro Plaza Hotel Ltd, which trades as Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and the company which installed the doors, Boon Edam Ireland Ltd, Naas Road Business Park, Muirfield Drive, Dublin.
Both defendants had denied negligence. Following Ms Fivey's evidence Judge Linnane was told the case had been settled and could be struck out with an order for her legal costs to be taxed in default of agreement.