Woman gets $35,000 for falling off toilet seat when wall tile fell to the floorBy Mason White 2:36 PM October 19, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A woman sued a contractor after she fell off her toilet when a tile fell down and crashed on the floor, according to court proceedings in Ireland.
Now, the 61-year-old woman, who was injured when she fell off the toilet at her Shankill, Dublin, home, has been awarded almost 28,000 euros (1 euro = $1.28) in damages.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane ruled that Isabela O’Sullivan, got a real scare when the tile fell off the wall while she was sitting on the toilet.
The woman told the court that she fell forward and injured her right knee. O’Sullivan had placed new tiles on her toilet walls several weeks before the incident.
Neil Kelly, the contractor who installed the tiles on the bathroom wall, denied that the work had not been done properly.
Kelly believes that O’Sullivan wanted different tiles on her bathroom walls and pulled off some of the new tiles.
O’Sullivan however, claimed that she had gone to the bathroom, and as she sat on the toilet, she noticed one tile tumbling down to the floor.
The shock made her fall forward. She laid on the floor for several minutes, before calling a friend for help. O’Sullivan went to a doctor several times, complaining of continuous pain in the knee.
She had undergone physical therapy and her doctor referred her to a specialist. X-rays revealed that O’Sullivan had an underlying degenerative condition in her knee.
She is no longer able to take long walks as usual. A forensic engineer told the court that the tile fell due to poor workmanship and the possibility of improper adhesive.
O’Sullivan was awarded 25,000 euros for pain and suffering, 2,500 euros for new tiles and 350 euros for other costs.