Case Study

Fall on an apartment balcony

Case Type: Accident in a Public Place
Injury: Fractured ring finger
Settled by: Paul W Tracey
Settled on: 17th June, 2024
Fall on an apartment balcony

Case summary:


Amy moved into a new apartment that seemed to be perfect. However, soon after moving in, she began to experience numerous problems with the apartment. She made repeated complaints to the landlord and requested that repair work be carried out. When repairs were made, they were unsatisfactory.

One day, Amy noticed a leak coming from her ceiling that was dripping on to the inner balcony step. She tried to soak up the leak with a towel. She contacted the landlord to arrange repairs, but nothing was done.

Days later, Amy was walking out onto her balcony when she slipped on the wet towel, causing her to fall backwards onto the step. Amy caught her right hand between the steel beams of her patio. Her finger began to bleed, and she immediately felt pain in her right hand.

She went to the emergency department to be examined. Amy was referred for an x-ray and the images showed a fracture to her right ring finger. The wound on her ring finger was cleaned and stitched up, but she was still in pain. The doctor referred her for occupational therapy sessions for her hand.

Amy recovered somewhat in the weeks following the accident, after several appointments with occupational therapist. However, she continues to experience numbness in her annular finger, as well as pain in cold weather.

Case progression:

The defendant failed to take adequate steps or precautions for Amy’s safety, exposing her to a risk of injury. As a result of this negligence, Amy suffered not just a personal injury but also pain and medical expenses.

The Injuries Resolution Board assessed the injury at €10,000. Solicitor Paul Tracey reviewed the Injuries Resolution Board assessment and felt that it did not adequately compensate the client for the injuries incurred. Paul instead instigated Court proceedings, and the case was brought to a successful conclusion.

Case settlement:

The case was settled on 17th June 2024 for the sum of €12,500. This was a great result for our client. We are proud of all the work put in by Paul and his team to achieve this outcome.

*Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons.





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