Saturday 21 October 2017

Woman suing over pub fall says claim was 'last thing' on her mind but confirms two previous compensation settlements

Samantha Griffin, of Cherrywood Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Photo: Collins Courts
Samantha Griffin, of Cherrywood Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of her High Court action for damages. Photo: Collins Courts
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Aodhan O'Faolain

A woman who claims she broke her leg on an allegedly wet pub floor told the High Court a compensation claim was the last thing on her mind at the time.

Samantha Griffin agreed under cross examination she had got payments as a result of two other compensation claims she put in previously in relation to the rear ending of a car she was travelling in.

"The last thing on my mind at the time was a compensation claim," she said as she was being cross examined on the second day of her action against her local pub over the alleged accident on December 7, 2013.

Mother of two, Ms Griffin (47), Cherrywood Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin has sued Bellway Ltd with offices at Lower Camden Street, Dublin trading as The Laurels, Main Street, Clondalkin, as a result of the accident on December 7, 2013.

She has claimed there was an alleged failure to properly or adequately maintain the floor and that patrons were allegedly allowed to dance in close proximity to tables containing drinks.

Patrons, she also claimed, were allegedly allowed to dance while holding or consuming drinks.

Bellway denies the claims and says the floor was dry.

It also contends Ms Griffin pushed a fellow customer away from her while dancing and lost her balance.

It further claims there was contributory negligence and she had allegedly consumed alcohol such as to impair her balance.

During cross examination by Hugh Mohan SC, for Bellway, Ms Griffin agreed she had made two previous claims which had settled and for which she got compensation. She said they related to road accident cases where a car was rear ended.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the pub on the night in question and showing Ms Griffin falling.

After viewing the footage, she said she could not see a drink in her hand.

She disagreed with a doctor's note taken in Tallaght hospital emergency department after the fall which referred to "fell over on high heels in pub."

On a nursing note which said "admitting to a large alcohol intake", Ms Griffin said she had admitted she drank alcohol on the night and was not hiding from that fact.

The case resumes next week.

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