Teresa was walking outside a hotel and she was in the company of the security guard when she fell over on uneven ground. She fell directly onto her knee and outstretched hand. Teresa felt immediate discomfort and subsequently injured her ankle, knee and her hands. After the accident she reported the matter to the general manager of the hotel. Teresa feels the joints in her right ankle sustained the worse injury as a result of the accident. Since the event, Teresa has been hindered from doing simple tasks such as walking her dog. She also used to partake in cycling and swimming but can no longer take part in these activities three years on from the time of the accident.
Proceedings were issued on the 24/02/19 after the Personal Injuries Board gave authorisation to take legal action.
The case was settled on the 03/11/2019. The ground outside the hotel was uneven and caused Teresa to fall and injure herself therefore the defendant was at fault.
Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons.
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