Family sue Wetherspoon after granddad on stag do fell down stairs and died

Family sue Wetherspoon after granddad on stag do fell down stairs and died

Brian McAlister fell off the pub’s ‘unusual’ staircase and landed on his head (Picture: Champion News)

The family of a grandfather who died after falling down the stairs at a Wetherspoon pub during a stag do are suing the chain for more than £150,000.

Brian McAlister, 74, was making his way to the toilet on the upper floor of the Queen of Iceni pub in Norwich April 2016 when he lost his balance, slid down the bannister and toppled over it, falling nine feet down onto his head.

He died on New Year’s Day 2018 due to the impact of the paralysis brought on by the ‘catastrophic’ spinal injuries he suffered in the fall.

Brian, who also suffered a skull fracture, had to undergo gruelling rounds of surgery and was left wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

His daughter Pamela Suttle, blames the ‘unsafe’ layout of the staircase for allegedly making it easier for anyone who loses their footing on the stairs to go over the bannister.

An environmental health report published six months after Brian’s fall branded the staircase’s ‘unusual design’ as a safety risk.

It said: ‘A person who falls on the stairs at the Queen of Iceni is more likely to hit the handrail because it cuts across the direction in which a person falling is likely to travel.

‘The staircase was of such an unusual design that customers attending for the first time would not appreciate the increased risk when climbing the stairs.’

Family sue Wetherspoon after granddad on stag do fell down stairs and died

The ‘unusual’ staircase was criticised in a safety report months after Brian’s fall (Picture: Champion News)

In papers filed at the High Court, the family’s barrister Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC said Brian’s accident was clearly visible on CCTV footage.

She said: ‘His fall and consequent injuries leading ultimately to his death were caused by the unsafe design of the staircase that was unsafe for a public house, where lawful visitors had to ascend the stairs to access the lavatory and where it was foreseeable that lawful visitors would also be drinking.

JD Wetherspoon claims Brian’s fall was brought on by a ‘freak set of circumstances’ unrelated to the staircase design, including his drunkenness.

The company’s barrister, Jonathan Payne, said he ‘used the staircase at a time when he was intoxicated to the extent that he was unsteady on his feet’ and paramedics had to give him ‘alcohol detoxification medication’.

It was alleged Mr McAlister may have fell backwards after suddenly fainting and spun round as he fell, sending him onto and then over the rail.

Family sue Wetherspoon after granddad on stag do fell down stairs and died

Brian died due to complications related to the fall, his family say (Picture: Champion News)

Mr Payne continued: ‘It is denied that the staircase had an unsafe design either as claimed or at all. The staircase complied with all relevant building regulations.

‘It appears from the evidence collated after this unfortunate incident that at the material time the deceased was engaged on a stag party and was intoxicated.

‘When the deceased ascended the staircase he appeared to be unstable and tripped up the first landing, albeit he regained his footing.

‘This was not a normal or foreseeable use of the staircase. It represented a freak set of circumstances.’

There have been no reported similar accidents among the ‘many millions of customers’ who have visited the pub in the 15 years since it started trading besides one individual who ‘chose to jump voluntarily from the staircase’, Mr Payne added.

A full trial of the claim is scheduled for a later date.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Men ‘need to be more vocal’ over abortion rights, says Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

© Getty Images royals0406.jpg The Duchess of Sussex said men “need to be more vocal” over abortion rights in response to the US Supreme Court’s controversial decision to repeal Roe ... Read more »

RL Today: Luke Thompson returns to UK & Latest on Jacob Miller’s future

© Provided by LoveRugbyLeague luke-thompson-PA-60467353 Luke Thompson returns to the UK due to “personal issue” Canterbury forward Luke Thompson has flown home to the UK in order to deal with ... Read more »

Christopher Jullien Celtic transfer exit looms as defender dashes to Germany to open Schalke talks

© SNS Group Celtic’s Christopher Jullien could be on his way out of Parkhead this summer Frenchman Christopher Jullien has made his way to Germany to hold talks with Schalke, ... Read more »

How White Sox' Johnny Cueto Powered Through for Win Over Angels

Cueto: ‘I felt my body, like, dying’ vs. Angels originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Johnny Cueto has been a workhorse for the White Sox since he made his debut ... Read more »

Dr Mahathir patut bantah lantikan Apandi lebih awal, kata menteri

Wan Junaidi berkata keputusan Mahathir itu amat mengecewakan selain mengejutkan panel penemubual. Read more »

Udaipur tailor murder accused Riyaz Attari linked to ISIS, say sources

Riyaz Attari allegedly beheaded a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city on 28 June. ANI Riyaz Attari, who allegedly beheaded a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city on Tuesday, is associated with ... Read more »

Inexperienced Australian motorist is slammed over shocking parking error: 'This is not how to park'

Sydney driver is roasted after parking in the middle of a busy suburban streetMany Aussies described the parking as some of the worst they have ever seenBrutal notes were left on the windscreen of the Audi One of the notes said:  'This is not how to park you f*cken moron' Read more »

Where are the Queer As Folk cast now? As a US remake arrives on British screens, FEMAIL reveals how the original series was a springboard for VERY successful careers - from Hollywood glory to soap fame

It's been more than two decades since Queer As Folk first hit British TV screens A reboot is set to launch in the UK on StarzPlay via Amazon Prime Video on July 1 FEMAIL looks at where the original cast members of Channel 4 series are now Read more »

'Would make me feel a lot better' - Journalist blown away by 'unbelievable' Leeds transfer link

© Provided by This is Futbol Premier League – Leeds United v Southampton Conor McGilligan has claimed that signing Charles De Ketelaere would be an unbelievable signing for Leeds United ... Read more »

UK sets out emergency plan to cut gas supplies to Europe - live updates

© REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke//File Photo UK Europe gas pipeline emergency plan Russia Putin rationing energy crisis – REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke//File Photo FTSE 100 drops 0.7pc at the open The UK will cut ... Read more »

Kartarpur corridor represents Pak's commitment to religious freedom: Bajwa

Kartarpur Corridor Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the Kartarpur corridor was the practical manifestation of Pakistan's unwavering commitment to religious freedom and harmony, Geo ... Read more »

Will Rahul & Priyanka Gandhi visit beheaded tailor's residence? asks BJP

Pointing to the gruesome broad daylight beheading of a tailor in Udaipur, BJP on Wednesday asked whether Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will visit Kanhaiya Lal's residence and seek an ... Read more »

Arsenal transfer alternatives as Chelsea steal march in Raphinha race

Arsenal are at risk of losing out on one of their transfer targets with Raphinha now expected to join Chelsea in a deal worth around £55m. The Leeds United winger ... Read more »

Vintage VWs on show in Johannesburg this Sunday – Spotter’s guide

This Sunday, 3 July, the Nasrec Expo Centre near Johannesburg will be the host of the 2022 edition of The Classic Car Show. Vintage VWs will be the main theme ... Read more »

Lisandro Martinez bid indicates Arsenal might have Gabriel transfer plan in place

Lisandro Martinez is the latest player to be heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer amid a spending spree at the club. Mikel Arteta is not waiting around ... Read more »

Deborah James lived life to the fullest in final days with trips to pub and sleep overs

jQuery(function(){ if (typeof jwplayer_load == typeof indefined) { var jwplayer_load = 1; jQuery(window).load(function(){ jQuery(".sc_video_shortcode_jwplayer").each(function(){ var _this = $(this); jQuery.get(jQuery(this).attr("url"), function(data, status){ if (typeof data.split("\n") !== typeof undefined) { var src ... Read more »

Rishi Negi Named CEO At Endemol Shine India

Banijay Following the departure of Abhishek Rege, Banijay has appointed Rishi Negi as CEO of Endemol Shine India. Negi joins from Banijay Asia, where he has served as Chief Operating ... Read more »

Serena Williams addresses future plans following first round Wimbledon exit to Harmony Tan

If that is the last we see of Serena Williams on Centre Court at Wimbledon then it was a far more fitting exit than her tearful retirement 12 months ago. ... Read more »

Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs donate Rs 51 lakh for Assam flood relief: Official

Rebel Sena MLAs camping in Guwahati donate Rs 51 lakh for flood relief in Assam Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra have contributed Rs 51 lakh for the flood relief ... Read more »

Anti-corruption body Lokpal gets 5,680 complaints during 2021-22: RTI

Corruption Anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal received 5,680 complaints during 2021-22, of which over 5,100 were yet to be registered, according to an RTI reply. Of the total complaints received in the ... Read more »

Twitter India gets 'one last chance' to comply with Centre's new IT rules

Photo: Shutterstock The central government has granted Twitter “one last opportunity” to comply with the new IT rules by July 4, or the social media giant will risk losing its ... Read more »

Women's badminton: P V Sindhu wins, Saina Nehwal loses in Malaysia Open

File Photo Two stalwarts of Indian women's badminton, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, suffered contrasting fates at the Malaysia Open Super 750 tournament with the former progressing to the second ... Read more »

Whale entanglements may be dropping but the threat remains, feds say

In this photo from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing rope is sighted on Dec. 2, 2021, with a newborn calf near ... Read more »

Dame Deborah's lasting legacy: How Bowelbabe urged listeners 'take risks, love deeply, have no regrets...and check your poo' in moving final podcast message - as cancer sufferers credit her tireless campaigning for saving their lives after her death age 40

Campaigner Dame Deborah James, 40, has passed away following her five-year battle with bowel cancer The former deputy head teacher turned BBC podcaster, from London, was diagnosed in December 2016 Deborah, parent to Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, with husband Sebastien, was often called 'inspirational' by fansIn the final weeks of her life, she was praised by Prince William as 'brave and brilliant' after they met  Read more »

‘Stunning:’ AOC reacts to Cassidy Hutchinson’s Jan. 6 testimony on Colbert

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hours after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave her testimony. Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights ... Read more »

Prince Andrew 'SHOULD be FBI's next target': Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell's victims demand probe now focuses on disgraced Duke and other Epstein associates as the socialite is jailed for 20 years

Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein's victims have demanded probe into Prince AndrewThe duke has largely withdrawn from public life since reaching '£12m' out-of-court settlement with accuserVirginia Roberts claimed she was abused by Andrew when she was a minor. He denies the allegationsAndrew's friend Maxwell has been jailed for 20 years for trafficking teenagers to paedophile Epstein  Read more »

Why star Olympian James 'The Missile' Magnussen is GLAD he missed out on Olympic gold: 'Everyone was pumping my wheels'

 Former Olympian is 'appreciative' he didn't win a gold medal at 2012 Games  Swimmer James Magnussen said he was heading down a 'less desirable path' Now 31, the 100m freestyle sprinter has turned his attention to a radio career Read more »

'If it's good enough for Kendall Jenner!' Ulrika Jonsson, 54, poses NAKED in eye-popping snap as she recreates reality's star shock nude post

Ulrika Jonsson shocked fans as she posed fully naked to recreate Kendall Jenner’s jaw-dropping nude social media snap this week. The presenter, 54, stripped off to reveal her pert posterior ... Read more »

Emmerdale spoilers: 39 pictures reveal devastating news, major return and drugs secret exposed

Grab those tissues, Emmerdale fans! (Picture: ITV) With devastating news, a huge decision and a shock reunion on the cards, Emmerdale is must-see telly next week. Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) ... Read more »

Readers sound off on the gun debate, theocracy and MTA repairs

Sensible gun regulation is not a binary choice Staten Island: I support the Second Amendment. I support limitations on the Second Amendment. These statements are not contradictory. Legislation should be ... Read more »

Climate change poses 'real and substantial' threat to Torres Strait Islanders, Chris Bowen says

Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen says climate change poses a “real and substantial” threat to Torres Strait Islander communities ahead of a visit to meet with traditional owners ... Read more »

Watch What Happens Live: Jill Zarin and Brandi Glanville BOTH reveal having abortions as teenagers after Supreme Court decision overturned 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark ruling

Show host Andy Cohen, 54, told Jill, 58, that she was 'really brave' for recently talking about abortion and sharing her own story on social media 'I did. I'm horrified about what happened this week with Roe v. Wade. I myself had an abortion when I was in my late teens,' Jill said referencing the Supreme Court's recent decision that overturned its 1973 ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion 'I did at 17,' Brandi said 'I feel very strongly that pro-life people have a right to choose that and that's the whole point, you have a choice. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you should be able to have the choice,' Jill said Jill and Brandi, 49, were on the Bravo talk show promoting season two of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip featuring former housewives from across the franchise  Read more »

Inside Ghislaine Maxwell's new home: Federal prison dubbed 'Club Fed' was inspiration for Orange Is The New Black - but is like Disneyland compared to the hellhole she has been in for last two years

As she heads to a federal prison to complete her 20-year sentence, Ghislaine Maxwell can at least console herself that she didn’t surrender lightly. In fact, she and her dwindling ... Read more »

Ireland vs Maori All Blacks LIVE rugby: Latest updates from tour opener as Bundee Aki captains Ireland

© AFP via Getty Images SEI111974414.jpg LIVE – Updated at 07:44 Ireland begin their summer tour of New Zealand with a game against the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on ... Read more »

Malaysia-Australia boleh bekerjasama hadapi cabaran

Wong juga mencadangkan agar Malaysia dan Australia memodenkan hubungan perdagangan menerusi ekonomi digital dan menangani cabaran keselamatan siber. Read more »

#Watch: Mortal remains of Kanhaiya Lal reach his native place in Udaipur

People join the funeral procession of Kanhaiya Lal, who was killed yesterday in Udaipur. ANI People gathered in large numbers on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Kanhaiya Lal, ... Read more »

Review of Only Murders in the Building: How it is a great advertisement for cozy crime

Still from Only Murders in the Building Co-created by comedy legend Steve Martin and John Hoffman, the comedy-drama series Only Murders in the Building premiered its second season on Tuesday ... Read more »

India records 14,506 news COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths

© Provided by Free Press Journal India records 14,506 news COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths With 14,506 new COVID infections in the last 24 hours, India’s total tally of such cases ... Read more »

Today's rugby news as Wales refuse to show too much respect and 'upset' Vunipola to make statement

© Huw Evans Picture Agency Wales face South Africa on Saturday Here’s your round-up of all the latest rugby headlines from Wales and beyond for Wednesday, June 29. Wales refuse ... Read more »

Kristjaan Speakman now plotting behind-the-scenes SAFC deal, Alex Neil will be buzzing - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast ross-stewart-sunderland-afc-transfer-news-rangers-transfer-news-van-bronckhorst-alex-neil-speakman-stewart-contract-championship-transfer-newsLeague One Play-Off Final – Sunderland v Wycombe Wanderers Championship returnees Sunderland are preparing to launch a mega contract offer in order to convince their ... Read more »