Saturday 19 August 2017

Woman who fractured ankle in pub fall settles damages claim

Mairead Butler from Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Courts
Mairead Butler from Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action for damages. Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A woman who fell in Dicey Reillys pub in Dublin fracturing her ankle has settled her High Court action for damages.

Bank official, Mairead Butler, told the court she cannot now wear high heels for long periods and has been left with two scars on her ankle after the fall.

The mother of four was with her husband and friends in the pub watching football on the television when the accident happened.

She said the sound on the TV was turned down and she went looking for another TV where they could look at the second half of the game.

She opened a door  from the outside area of the bar to the inside  and tripped over a threshold type step, she said.

"My foot got caught on something and I fell. I was dazed. When I opened my eyes my left ankle was turned the opposite way," she said.

She was in a lot pain and taken to hospital where she later had to have surgery and a plate and screws were inserted in her ankle. She also had to wear a cast and she was in crutches for a time.

Ms Butler (36) from Clondalkin, Dublin, had sued Regines Hotels Ltd, owner of Dicey Reillys on Harcourt Street, Dublin, as a result of the accident on May 19, 2012.

She claimed she was permitted to use the premises where it ought to have been known it was allegedly unsafe and dangerous for her to do so.

There were allegedly two vertical protrusions on the step's surface which were dangerous in the circumstances, it was claimed.

Regines Hotels denied the claims and pleaded contributory negligence.  It also stated  there was a sign in the area indicating a step was there.

After talks between the parties,Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told the case had been settled and could be struck out.

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