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OAP gets €250k for stairs fall in Stag's Head

AN elderly man who claimed he suffered a brain injury after falling down a stairs of a Dublin pub has settled his High Court action for €250,000.

Grandfather and father of five, Frank McHugh (80), Maxwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, was in a coma after the fall in The Stag's Head and suffered a severe brain injury. He will need 24 hour care for the rest of his life, his counsel told the court.

Mr McHugh sued Shelbourne O'Brien Ltd, trading as The Stag's Head, as a result of his fall on April 24, 2011.

Mr McHugh claimed there was a failure to provide a safe means of access and egress to and from the toilets and a failure to give warning of the dangers allegedly present in the stairwell.


Shelbourne O'Brien denied the claims and said Mr McHugh had fallen as a consequence of his own negligence and was the author of his own misfortune.

It was claimed Mr McHugh failed to descend the stairs in a safe manner.

Richard McDonnell SC, for Mr McHugh, said his client suffered severe injuries and skull fractures and will require nursing care for the rest of his life.

CCTV footage showed Mr McHugh taking the first step of the stairs and tumbling forward, counsel said.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine, approving the settlement, commented that the way Mr McHugh's five children had looked after him on a rota basis since his accident was quite humbling.