An 84 year old woman received the sum of €90,000 in damages from Irish Rail for injuries sustained when she fell on an escalator at Connolly Station in Dublin.
The lady at the time of the incident was being wheeled in a wheelchair by her son. She fell on the escalator which she had to take due to the lift being out of order.
It was also claimed that Irish Rail failed to provide the Floods with a safe means of entry and exit to the train station. Since the incident it was alleged that there has been a significant deterioration in the quality of life of Mrs. Flood and her mobility has been significantly decreased.
Irish Rail claimed that Mrs. Flood was being reckless by using the escalator and that they should have seen the sign on the electronic boards. Irish Rail denied all claims.
Justice Barton heard that around fifteen minutes after the incident the lift had come back into operation. Mrs. Flood’s claim settled for €90,000.
This is a case that highlights that there is a strict duty of care owed to individuals and in Mr.s Flood’s case this duty of care was breached.
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