Clubbing accident may lead to big money

Clubber sues for £100,000 over slippery dance floor

A CLUBBER is seeking £100,000 in compensation from the former owners of a popular Inverness nightspot after slipping and falling.

Angela Spalding has brought the civil action against the CFG Leisure Group, which used to own the Love2Love nightclub on Castle Street, claiming she fell and injured herself because the dance floor was slippery from spilt drink.

She argues the company failed in its statutory duty and was negligent.

However, the company refutes this, claiming the sum sued for is “excessive”.

Ms Spalding’s claim dates back to an incident in November 2007 when the 40-year-old was dancing with friends in Love2Love.

She says she was jostled by an unknown man, stepped back and ended up slipping. She claims she only fell because the dance floor was wet.

Although she did not have a drink on the dance floor, and despite signs saying it was forbidden to take drink onto it, she argues it was common practice for clubbers to have them.

Ms Spalding, of Walker Crescent, Culloden, suffered a fracture to her left wrist and had to undergo surgery. Despite physiotherapy and occupational therapy, she continued to suffer pain, requiring pain relief in the form of nerve blockers, and suffered depression and anxiety.

She used to work as a cook at the Clachnaharry Inn until giving up her job in 2004 to look after her autistic son, however, she had intended to go back to work.

“As a result of the accident, the pursuer is no longer able to manage domestic cookery, let alone work in a commercial kitchen,” court papers state. “She is unable to prepare a cooked main meal for one person. The pursuer has accordingly suffered a loss of employability and is at a permanent disadvantage in the labour market.”

The CFG Leisure Group is defending the action and argues she had a duty to take “reasonable care” of her own safety. “The pursuer caused or materially contributed to her injuries through her own fault and negligence,” the papers state of the defender’s position.

The London-based CFG Leisure Group, formerly known as The 3D Entertainment Group, entered voluntary liquidation on 1st October, 2009. However, it has yet to be wound up or dissolved, giving Ms Spalding leave to pursue an action.

Love2Love is now owned by the HLL Group.

Ms Spalding refused to comment ahead of the case, which calls in Inverness Sheriff Court on 6th June.


Source: Inverness Courier

This is a story from a local newspaper.

Do you think that the woman deserves compensation?

Have you heard of similiar cases in Spain?

Comments

Paloma said…
Hi Graham: a workmate has recorded me some episodes of an English serial TV called "Downton Abbey" in English and with English subtitles. I think it'll be very interesting because I'm like this kind of series. This Easter I'm going to the beach and I think I'm going to have time to listening to it.
My youngest son has been in London for a week in a studies trip whit his school. He has loved very much London, he has said me that London is prettier than Madrid, but his English isn't good and this summer he'll has to study English abroad, but I don't still know where I'm going to send him.
Certainly the rugby is more exciting than football for me. They don't win, but they enjoyed a lot and the end of match they played "the third time", in other words, they ate and drank a lot, a lot, a lot, whit their colleges and whit the opponent players.
Next Thursday I'm going to make a course out of my work and it'll end at 2'30, so I'll arrive a bit late, although if I think that I'm going to disturb to the class, perhaps I'll not go.
See you soon
Graham said…
Hi Paloma!

I think that they are showing this series on TV now. It stars Maggie Smith in one of her usual roles.

To be honest, I find these costume/period dramas a bore.

It'll be good for your English, as well as being a programme that you enjoy.



... because I LIKE this kind of series. This Easter I'm going to the beach and I think I'm going to have time TO LISTEN TO /WATCH it.
My youngest son has been in London for a week ON A studies TRIP WITH his school. He REALLY LIKES LONDON he TOLD me that London is prettier than Madrid, but his English isn't good and this summer HE'LL HAVE to study English abroad, but I STILL don't know where I'm going to send him.
RUGBY is CERTAINLY more exciting than football for me. They DIDN'T win, but they enjoyed THEMSELVES a lot and AT the end of match they played "EXTRA TIME", in other words, they ate and drank a lot, a lot, a lot, wITH their TEAMMATES and WITH THEIR OPPONENTS.
Next Thursday I'm going to GO TO a course out OF THE OFFICE and it'll end at 2'30, so I'll arrive a bit late, although if I think that I'm going to DISTURB the class, I MIGHT NOT GO /perhaps I WON'T go.


You know that you can come any time that you want. It doesn't matter if you are late.

If I don't see you tomorrow, have a great time at the beach. I hope the weather stays nice.
Anonymous said…
Ithink is part of the life we are building up. Everyone else, except us, is reaponsibly of what may happen to us while we have the right to choose and live without a limitation.
A.Merino
Graham said…
Agatha,

The UK is heading the same way as the US - a blame culture.

Luckily, it hasn't yet reached Spain.

I THINK IT is part of the life we are building up. Everyone else, except OURSELVES, is RESPONSIBLE FOR what may happen to us while we have the right to choose and live without LIMITATIONS.