Wednesday 16 January 2019

Woman who claims she slipped and fell on wet floor after Sunday lunch sues hotel

the woman is suing the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim
Photo: Google Maps
the woman is suing the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim Photo: Google Maps

Tim Healy

A woman who claims she slipped and fell as she left a hotel after having Sunday lunch has sued in the High Court.

Deirdre Walsh told Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon she was walking out of the restaurant area at The Castle Arch Hotel, Dublin Road, Trim, Co Meath, when she slipped on what she thought was water on the ground.

“I ended up sitting on the floor. I slipped on something, I assumed it was water. My underwear and tights were wet,’ she said.

Ms Walsh said she hurt her elbow, back and left leg and later had to have surgery and now has difficulties doing activities with her children including helping out with scouts events. She said she can only watch her daughter showjumping from a seated area.

Ms Walsh (43) Parkstown View, Ballivor, Co Meath has sued the owners of the hotel, Castle Arch Hotel Limited and Cusack Hotels Limited with offices at Dublin Road, Trim, as a result of the alleged accident on May 10, 2015.

She has claimed there was an alleged failure to have any adequate system of cleaning or drying the floor on the premises and an alleged failure to warn her and others of the alleged condition of the floor. She says she fell heavily and claims she suffered a significant exacerbation of a previous back injury from a road crash.

The claims are all denied.

Opening her case, Diarmuid O'Donovan SC said she was a care assistant at the time and soldiered on at work but lifting aggravated her pain and she has not worked since December 2015.

The case includes a substantial claim for loss of earnings.

In evidence, Ms Walsh said her life has completely changed and she went from being an outgoing person who liked to dress up to a person who remained indoors.

Finbarr Fox SC, for the hotel, in cross examination, asked Ms Walsh about Facebook photos which showed her dressed up as an American policeman holding a mock pistol.

Ms Walsh said that was part of a charity event and that and other pictures on her Facebook account were taken in the years before the accident.

The case continues.

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