July 30, 2009

Woman awarded $30,000 for pub fall

A woman who broke her leg in the outside smoking area of a British pub has been awarded a $30,000 out of court settlement.

Selena Gilder, 40, had said in her claim against The Albion pub in Tewkesbury, England, that she had been smoking in the designated outdoor area when the heel of one of her stiletto shoes became lodged in a crack in the concrete, leading to a fall that snapped her tibia and fibula, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

Gilder's suit said she had consumed two Bacardi and Cokes but was not drunk at the time of the Oct. 26, 2007, incident. She blamed her fall on very poor lighting in the smoking area.

She said her injury required three surgeries and she missed six months of work as a result.

The pub settled out of court with Gilder for $29,681.