Man Receives Compensation for Hand Injury from Slip in Bar

A  man has received compensation for a hand injury that he received after he fell on broken glass after slipping in a bar. 

In September 2011, David O’Keeffe (31) made was watching the All Ireland Football Final in the Woolshed Baa & Grill on Parnell Street in Dublin with a group of friends when, after the match had finished, he attempted to visit the restroom.

As he was making his way through the packed bar, he slipped on a wet patch of floor and fell, resulting in a cut on his hand as he landed on a piece of glass. David was attended to by a First Aider at the bar, and later attended the Accident & Emergency Department of St. James’ Hospital. The cut was properly cleaned and stitched at the hospital.

David sought legal counsel, and made a cut hand injury compensation claim against the Woolshed Baa & Grill, claiming that the bar had allowed uncollected glasses to stack up, which had likely called over and smashed. He further claimed that spilled drinks remained unattended to and that the bar had failed to follow adequate cleaning procedures, resulting in his injury.

The defendants denied liability for David’s injury. They further refused to grant consent to the Injuries Board for assessment of the claim. As a result, David was authorised to pursue his claim for compensation in court. A hearing to establish liability for his injury took place last week at the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane was told by the Woolshed Baa & Grill that David’s hand injury was due to David’s friend unsuccessfully trying to lift him up while he had a glass in his hand. The bar owners testified that the bar had followed its cleaning procedures on the day in question, and that although an accident report had been completed at the time, they were unable to locate it.

In spite of this account, Judge Linnane stated that she accepted David’s version of events, as the bar had been packed “to the point that one would not have been able to see that the floor was wet”. She found in David´s favour and awarded him €20,000 in settlement of his cut hand injury compensation claim.

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