Broken ankle in nightclub leads to €20,000 damages award
Circuit Court president says evidence showed club smoking area excessively crowded at time
The Wright Venue nightclub, which denied liability in a full defence to Aoife Lamb’s claim, alleged she fell to the ground and that a second woman went to help her but fell over her as she lay on the floor. Photograph: The Wright Venue website
A 24-year-old telesales operative whose right ankle was broken when a woman fell over her at a Co Dublin disco has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Ms Lamb, of Seabury Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin, claimed another woman slipped on a wet floor, bumping into her as she fell.
She said she had been struck on her left shoulder by the other woman, and both of them had fallen onto a concrete floor. The other woman had fallen on the top of her, breaking Ms Lamb’s right ankle.
Ms Lamb told her barrister, Matthew Jolley, that she had been helped to her feet by another patron of the club who had brought her to an emergency exit staircase. A nightclub employee had given her first aid treatment.
Ms Lamb told the court she was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where X-rays revealed a fracture to her ankle.
She had needed to wear a cast for several weeks and had then undergone several sessions of physiotherapy. The court heard she had ongoing occasional pain to her ankle, and her social life had been disturbed.
The nightclub, which had denied liability in a full defence to Ms Lamb’s claim, alleged that she herself fell to the ground and that the second woman went to help her but fell over her as she lay on the floor.
The club denied the area had been overcrowded.
Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, awarding Ms Lamb €20,000 damages, said in his view evidence showed the smoking area was excessively crowded.