Tuesday 23 January 2018

Legal bill for walker who fell

The costs for Teresa Wall could be substantial as the case ran for a number of days in the High Court (Stock picture)
The costs for Teresa Wall could be substantial as the case ran for a number of days in the High Court (Stock picture)

A woman whose €40,000 damages award for a hill-walking accident was overturned will have to pay her own legal costs under an agreement reached with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The costs for Teresa Wall could be substantial as the case ran for a number of days in the High Court. Mr Justice Michael White last month allowed a High Court appeal by the NPWS which had placed a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way which Ms Wall tripped on and injured herself on August 6, 2013.

She was awarded €40,000 by the Circuit Court, which was appealed. Mr Justice White rejected Ms Wall's arguments a trip hazard is the same whatever the location. He also found contributory negligence by Ms Wall in relation to her fall.

Ms Wall, Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Co Dublin, claimed she fell after her foot snagged in a hole on the Sally Gap to Djouce trail near Roundwood. Yesterday, counsel for the NPWS said the sides had agreed a Circuit Court costs order made in favour of Ms Wall should be vacated and both sides should pay their own costs of the High Court appeal.

Irish Independent

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