Monday 27 January 2020

Man who injured arm on coat hanger at Starbucks settles case

Ray Managh

A 60-YEAR-OLD company director, who claimed he injured his left arm on a coat hanger at Starbucks, The Oval, Ballsbridge, Dublin, has settled a €38,000 damages claim for an undisclosed sum in the Circuit Civil Court.

Judge Alan Mahon heard that on the 23rd May 2010, Chris Kane, of Dale Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, lacerated his arm on the “unprotected sharp” edge of a coat hanger in the toilet area.  

Mr Kane claimed the First Aid treatment he had received at the premises had been inadequate and he had attended his GP later that day. He had suffered a 13 cm long laceration which had been cleaned and dressed.

The wound had been painful and had bled occasionally for a week.  Kane claimed the wound had bled during a conference he had later attended.

He sued the coffee company for negligence. Starbucks denied liability and had entered a full defence to Kane’s claim.

Judge Mahon was told today that the claim had settled and he struck out the case.

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