Copper Face Jacks escape damages in slippery floor claim

A woman who fell and broke her arm while doing Patrick Swayze style 'Dirty Dancing' has lost an action for damages against Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks.

33-year-old Ciara O’Connell of Glenview Park, Tallaght, had alleged that the floor of the Harcourt Street nightclub was slippery at the time of the accident in August 2006.

The court heard Ciara O’Connell was dancing backwards with a colleague to a Shakira song in the style of the film 'Dirty Dancing' when the accident happened.

As they danced, her partner 52-year-old Noel Humphries fell and landed heavily on top of the 33-year-old who suffered a broken left arm.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan said she was unlucky to sustain injuries but he has rejected her claim that the floor had been slippery.

He found the nightclub Copper Face Jacks was not negligent, but he also rejected a claim by the nightclub that the pair had been engaged in reckless dancing.

Ciara O’Connell looked down at the floor as the judgment was read out - the costs of the case have been awarded against her.


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