Monday 19 November 2018

Woman who broke wrist after alleged fall at Lillie's nightclub settles High Court action

Lillie's Bordello
Lillie's Bordello

Tim Healy

A woman who broke her wrist when she allegedly tripped on stairs at the well known Lillie's Bordello night club in Dublin has settled her High Court action.

Rachael Sheridan told the court she was leaving the nightclub four years ago at around 3am when her heel got caught and she fell to the bottom of the six steps set of stairs.

Account manager Ms Sheridan (39), of Darley Court, Palatine Square. Arbour Hill, Dublin, told the judge she was wearing regular high heel sling backs.

Ms Sheridan told the court she later had to have an operation on the wrist, was in a cast for five weeks and was out of work in total for six weeks as a result of the accident in May 2013.

She said on the night of the accident she had cooked dinner for a friend and they had "a couple of glasses of wine" before meeting two friends in a city pub where she had one beer.

She said one of her friends wanted to dance and they went to the nightclub and she had a "couple of drinks."

She said at around 3am she went looking for her friends as she wanted to go home. She said she was stepping from the first to the second step on a flight of stairs when her heel got caught.

Ms Sheridan sued Noyfield Ltd with offices at Nassau Street Dublin and trading as Lillie's Bordello, Grafton Street, Dublin as a result of the accident on May 19, 2013.

She claimed the stairs at the night club were fitted with anti slip nosing which was defective and which constituted a dangerous slip and trip hazard.

Noyfield denied the claims and contended Ms Sheridan was wearing inappropriate footwear and had allegedly consumed sufficient alcohol so as to impair her ability to negotiate stairs.

The case opened last Friday and when it came back before the court on Tuesday,  Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told it had been settled and could be struck out.

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