Woman settles €38k claim for fall against medical clinic
A WOMAN who slipped and fell in a medical centre where her husband was a patient, has settled a €38,000 damages claim, writes Ray Managh.
Insurance clerk Eileen O'Toole, who had been visiting her husband in the Hermitage Medical Clinic in May 2010, claimed she had fallen on what she described as a wet floor.
After visiting her husband she had been walking towards the reception desk of the private clinic at Old Lucan Road, Dublin, where she alleged her right foot had slipped.
In her fall she had grabbed the desk to protect her head from hitting it, and she had gone over on her right ankle, instantly feeling pain.
Ms O'Toole (56) claimed she eventually managed to get to the car park and make her way to her home at Crodaun Forest Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare.
The following morning she had felt severe pain in her right foot, and attended hospital for x-rays that revealed a fracture in her foot.
She had been fitted with a below-knee plaster cast. She returned to work a few months later.
Ms O'Toole alleged negligence on the part of Hemitage Clinic Limited which had denied liability.
Following talks Judge Alison Lindsay was told the claim had been settled for an undisclosed sum, and could be struck out at the Circuit Civil Court.