Fire officer left with €20,000 bill as case thrown out
A fire officer (57) was left with a €20,000 legal bill after a judge threw out his damages claim against Dunnes Stores.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane warned claimants that they needed to be aware, when bringing proceedings, that there could be serious costs if their claim is dismissed.
She made the remark in the Circuit Civil Court after hearing a claim by Christopher Fox of Golf Road, Rush, Co Dublin.
Fox alleged he cut his left ankle when he stepped on a clear plastic display at Dunnes Stores, Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co Dublin, after having forced his way through automatic doors which had been closed because of strong winds.
Barrister Shane English, for Dunnes, said there were two sets of doors, within a short distance of each other, and the store management had put a sign on the doors Mr Fox had opened, warning customers to use the other ones.
Mr English said the doors could not be locked for health and safety reasons. He said the store could not be held responsible for Mr Fox forcing open the doors, which had been a "stupid" thing to do. Mr Fox claimed he had to cancel a trip and had difficulty walking and driving for a short while.
Judge Linnane said she was satisfied Mr Fox had not established negligence.