Woman settles action over alleged fall on river cruiser

A 48-year old woman who claimed she tripped over an alleged uneven carpet on a river cruiser and fell down three steps fracturing her wrist has settled a High Court action for damages.

Irene Flood said she looked at the carpet after her fall and claimed there was “a kink in it”.

Ms Flood was seven days into a 10-day cruising holiday on the river Shannon when the alleged accident occurred.

Ms Flood, from Kilinerin, Gorey, Co Wexford, had sued Silverline Cruisers of Main Street, Banaghaer, Co Offaly, as a result of the alleged accident on July 10, 2010.

She claimed Silverline provided a boat for hire that was dangerous and unsafe and which contained a loose and uneven carpet which presented as a tripping hazard. She further claimed there was a failure to ensure the carpet was properly secured and even.

Silverline denied the claims and its Counsel said the company did not accept Ms Flood fell down the steps and contended the carpet was industrial standard and there was nothing dangerous or wrong with it.

The company also claimed that if Ms Flood fell, there was contributory negligence on her part as the boat was liable to be in motion at the time.

After Ms Flood gave her evidence, Mr Justice Anthony Barr was asked to allow the parties time to talk. The judge was later told the matter was settled and could be struck out.

In evidence, Ms Flood had told Declan Buckley SC for Silverline, she had previously got €25,000 for a foot injury in 2005 and a further €29,000 for a soft tissue injury to the left wrist in 2008 after a hotel fall.


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