Tuesday 20 March 2018

Farmer settles case for slip on hotel floor following afternoon tea dance, court hears

Benjamin Stanley
Benjamin Stanley

A retired council worker and farmer who claimed he slipped in the foyer of the a hotel where he had attended an afternoon tea dance has settled his High Court action for damages.

Benjamin Stanley (67) told the court he attended a dancing event at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Co Laois on Easter Sunday, 2009.

He was walking through the foyer later that night when he claimed his leg went from under him.

"I did not have a drop of drink taken. I slipped on some matter on the floor," he said.

Mr Stanley who hurt his shoulder and later had to have surgery said he enjoyed dancing  and attended the dancing event every Sunday where he could waltz, jive and do the quick step and fox trot.

Mr Stanley, of Ballygaddy, Clareen, Birr, Co Offaly, sued Seosamh Murphy, the owner of the hotel and the licensee, Dal Riada Taverns Ltd.

The defendants denied the claims  and said Mr Stanley was rushing and that the floor was checked every two hours by staff.

Mr Stanley, the court heard, had to later  have surgery after suffering a tear to a tendon in his shoulder.

When the case came back before Mr Justice Anthony Barr after two days at hearing, the judge was told the matter had been settled and could be struck out.

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