Company director says broken ankle on arrival at ski resort cost him € 100,000


A business manager who slipped and broke his ankle at the start of a skiing holiday in France has launched legal action.

Darren Clarke sued an Irish ski operator after claiming he fell and dislocated his right ankle as he had to walk with his luggage through the snow and ice covered streets of his ski resort in Chamonix to retrieve the key to his home.

Mr Clarke told the High Court he was pulling a rolling suitcase and had two bags, one with his ski boots on, around 10 p.m. one night in January 2016 when the accident happened .

“It was hard to see because of the snow. It was cold and dark. My front leg slipped. I remember lying on the floor. I fell on the suitcase and my foot was stuck under the suitcase, ”Mr. Clarke told Judge Kevin Cross.

Mr Clarke, who spent three days in a French hospital and had to return home by air ambulance, said he had not been able to work for several months after the crash.

102k € of losses

His lawyer, Colm Condon SC, told the court his side claimed € 102,227 in losses from the accident, but the other side argues that if there were any losses, they would be around of € 9,000.

Darren Clarke (43), Friarsland Avenue, Goatstown, Dublin, sued Tony Collins Agency Limited, which is headquartered at Jervis House, Jervis Street, Dublin and operates under the name

Mr. Clarke had a reservation dated January 20, 2016, for a vacation package with flights to Geneva, Switzerland, and transfers to his accommodation in the Chamonix Valley, France, as well as lift passes and rental of material.

He claimed that by the time he got the bus transfer to Chamonix he and his cousin were dropped off at a certain location and told them their accommodation was “right over there”.

He claimed that they could not access the accommodation and had to go to another address with their luggage to obtain the reception and a key. It is alleged that during the march, suddenly and without warning, Mr. Clarke slipped and fell on the ice.

It is alleged that there was an alleged failure to transfer Mr. Clarke directly to his accommodation and that the men were dropped off in the wrong location.

No knowledge of location

It was further alleged that Mr. Clarke had been permitted to walk at a time and place where it was reckless, unsafe or unsafe to do so given his absolute lack of knowledge of the location or directions for his accommodation. .

Mr Clarke had to wear a cast on his legs and was on crutches after the accident and he claimed his social life was greatly affected and he had to cancel an anniversary trip to London.

It is further alleged that after the accident, Mr. Clarke was considerably limited in his meetings and relationships with his clients and that his company suffered a noticeable reduction in turnover and a consequent loss of profits for the year.

The claims are dismissed and the travel agent argued that Mr. Clarke was the author of his own misfortune and was wearing inappropriate footwear.

The case before Judge Kevin Cross continues on Thursday.

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