Man who slipped in hotel denies he was rushing

A retired council worker and farmer who claims he slipped in the foyer of a hotel where he had attended an afternoon tea dance has brought a High Court action for damages.

Man who slipped in hotel denies he was rushing

Benjamin Stanley, who likes to go ballroom dancing, had attended a dancing event at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Co Laois, and was walking through the foyer later that night when he claims his leg went from under him.

“I did not have a drop of drink taken. I slipped on some matter on the floor,” he told Mr Justice Anthony Barr.

Mr Stanley,who hurt his shoulder and later had to have surgery, said that he enjoyed dancing and attended the dancing event every Sunday where he could waltz, jive, and do the quick step and fox trot.

Mr Stanley, aged 67, of Ballygaddy, Clareen, Birr, Co Offaly, has sued Seosamh Murphy, the owner of the Castle Arms Hotel, The Square, Durrow, Co Laois, and the licensee, Dal Riada Taverns Ltd.

He claims that on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, he was caused to slip as he walked through the hotel foyer.

He has claimed there was an alleged failure to properly monitor or control the condition of the floor.

The defendants deny the claims and say Mr Stanley was rushing and that the floor was checked every two hours by staff.

Mr Stanley, the court heard, had to later have surgery after suffering a tear to a tendon in his shoulder.

In evidence, Mr Stanley said he attended the afternoon tea dance on Easter Sunday 2009 and also had dinner at the hotel before taking part in the evening ballroom dancing session.

The place, he said was full with about 200 or 300 people there.

He said he had danced with a few ladies from the North and when they were leaving, he accompanied them to their car.

He was on his way across the hotel foyer to go to the toilet when the accident happened.

“All of a sudden my left leg went from under me and I fell to the ground,” he said. He drove home afterwards but in the middle of the night he called the doctor because he was in pain.

He told the judge he did not see anything on the foyer floor, but he would not have slipped if there was not something there.

“I felt something under my shoe,” he added.

He denied under cross examination that he was rushing to the toilet.

The case continues today.

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