Wednesday 13 November 2019

Man who fell down stairs in city centre pub settles court action for €250k

AN elderly man who fell down the stairs of a Dublin pub and allegedly ended up brain damaged has settled his High Court action for €250,000.

Father of five Frank McHugh (80) Maxwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, was in a coma after the fall in The Stag's Head and suffered a severe brain injury.  He will need 24 hour care for the rest of his life, his counsel told the court.

Mr McHugh sued Shelbourne O'Brien Ltd , trading as The Stag's Head as a result of his fall on April 24, 2011.

Mr McHugh claimed there was a failure to provide a safe means of access and egress to an from the toilets in the  pub and a failure to give adequate warning of the dangers allegedly present in the stairwell.

Shelbourne O'Brien Ltd denied the claims and said Mr McHugh had fallen as a consequence of his own negligence and was the author of his own misfortune. It was further claimed Mr McHugh failed to descend the stairs in a safe manner.

Richard McDonnell SC, for Mr McHugh, said his client suffered severe injuries and skull fractures  and will require nursing care for the rest of his life.

The pensioner has  no memory of the accident and CCTV footage showed him taking the first step of the stairs and tumbling forward.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine, approving the settlement, commented that the way Mr McHugh's five children had looked after him on a rota basis since his accident was quite humbling.

Irish Independent

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