Man settles case against nightclub bouncers

A High Court action brought by a man who claimed that his epilepsy has "significantly worsened" as a result of been beaten "black and blue" by bouncers at a nightclub has been settled for €100,000.

A High Court action brought by a man who claimed that his epilepsy has "significantly worsened" as a result of been beaten "black and blue" by bouncers at a nightclub has been settled for €100,000.

Glen Turner (aged 28) claimed that his epilepsy became so severe that he requires a degree of full-time care due to the alleged assault he sustained by two doormen at the nightclub, which he had earlier been among a group who had been refused entry to, at the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co Meath on September 21, 2001.

Mr Turner, with an address at Priory View, Johnstown, Navan sued the Ardboyne's Hotels owners and operators Quinn Hotels Ltd, with a registered address at Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Road, Cavan.

In his claim for damages arising out of personal injuries he claims he suffered Mr Turner alleges that the defendants failed to have any regard for his safety and that the failed to control or supervise the bouncers who he claims assaulted and battered him.

The defendant had denied all of Mr Turner's claims and rejects that he is entitled to damages.

Today at the High Court Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill was informed by Hugh Mohan SC for Mr Turner that the action had been settled. The court heard that as part of the settlement, Mr Turner is to receive €100,000 towards his care.

In his action Mr Turner claimed after somebody else had thrown an object at the doormen two of them chased after him. He claimed when they caught up with him kicked and beat him. He sustained a number of injuries including multiple cuts and bruises to his head.

It was claimed that before the attack Mr Turner, who has had epilepsy since a young age, had been managing to keep medical condition under control.

However following the alleged assault it was claimed his epilepsy deteriorated.

The frequency and length of his seizures increased and he required to be hospitalised on a number of occasions.

It was further claimed that he has serious cognitive difficulties and is no longer capable of independent living or able to work.

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