Nurse gets €12.5k after nightclub fall
A DENTAL nurse has been awarded €12,500 after suffering injuries in a fall at a nightclub.
Katie Kavanagh (27) had slipped on wet steps as she descended the stairs from the VIP section of Sin Nightclub in Temple Bar, Dublin.
She said that after the 3am incident she made her way outside, called a friend and a taxi and went to Tallaght Hospital in west Dublin where she was treated in the accident and emergency area.
She suffered a gash to the back of her head and hurt her back in the fall at the club in September 2009.
Ms Kavanagh told her counsel in the Circuit Civil Court, Anthony Lowry, that there had been many people carrying drinks while using the stairs from the VIP area to the ground-floor disco.
She had felt embarrassed after the fall and had not made an issue about it at the time.
A bouncer had attempted to catch her and she remembered that her drink smashed to the floor.
Her mother had reported the incident to the club the following day, Judge Alan Mahon was told.
Judge Mahon said Ms Kavanagh had paid a €50 entrance fee, which included free drink for the night.
It was clear from CCTV that the stairs had been in constant use by patrons, carrying glasses of alcohol, and many undoubtedly to some extent under the influence.
The judge said the risk of spillage on the stairs was significant and Ms Kavanagh, who had not appeared to be unsteady, could be seen carefully descending the stairs while holding the handrail.
"The stairs was being used by scores of young people fuelled by what they considered nearly free alcohol," Judge Mahon said. Something had caused Ms Kavanagh to fall and he believed the most likely explanation was undoubtedly a spillage on the steps.
He awarded Ms Kavanagh, of Castle Park, Tallaght, €12,500 in damages and costs against Good Grub Catering Limited (in liquidation), which ran Sin Nightclub at Sycamore Street, Dublin 2.