Family of a man who died after a fall at a wedding compares the case with 250,000 euros


The family of a man diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after allegedly slipping at a wedding and falling down marble steps have settled a High Court lawsuit for €250,000.

Engineer John Rooney was attending a wedding at Ballynatray Estate, Youghal, Co Cork with his wife Penny when the accident occurred on 9 June 2018.

Barney Quirke SC, for the family, told the court Mr Rooney died two years later in 2020.

His lawsuit was then taken over by his widow and it became a fatal claim for a loss of financial dependency claim.

The attorney said there are complexities in the lawsuit and difficulties related to liability in the case.

The comparison is made without acknowledgment of liability.

Penny Rooney, Westport, Co Mayo, had sued Henry Gwyn Jones of Ballynatray Estate.

Mr Rooney, it was alleged, slipped and fell down three or four steps from the bottom of the stairs leading to a ground floor toilet around 10pm.

Mr Rooney, who was 69, allegedly hit his head on the marble steps and it was claimed he suffered catastrophic brain injuries.

It was alleged that the stairway was not maintained in a manner that would not pose a fall hazard for visitors and that there were allegedly insufficient or adequate handrails or lighting.

All claims were rejected.

Mr Rooney, it was alleged, hit his head and he was knocked unconscious.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital and later transferred to a Dublin hospital for specialist care.

The father of five and grandfather of six was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury with multiple fractures and underwent two brain surgeries.

It was claimed he suffered a catastrophic and life-changing brain injury, was unable to communicate, and had severe cognitive impairment.

He had to be cared for in a nursing home.

Mr. Quirke told the court that there was also a risk in an alleged contributory negligence lawsuit against Mr. Rooney.

Justice Garrett Simons approved the settlement. Family of a man who died after a fall at a wedding compares the case with 250,000 euros

Fry Electronics Team

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