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

Family sues Wetherspoon's after granddad drunk on stag do fell down stairs

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.’

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 …read more

Source:: Metro News

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