Dancing on chairs while drunk

Dancing on chairs while drunk

In a recent case, a hotel was found not to owe the drunk patron a duty of care to prevent her from injuring herself by falling from a chair she was dancing on. Redlich's Work Injury Lawyers read Schuller v S J Webb Nominees Pty Ltd [2015] SASCFC 162 with interest. However, this is not a clear ruling on whether a patron who dances on a chair has voluntarily assumed a risk. In this case, the pub had ceased service of alcohol to the patron earlier in the evening. They had also asked her to get down from the chair on two previous occasions, warning her she would have to leave the hotel if she continued. Each case turns on its own facts and if a hotel continued serving alcohol to a patron until they became inebriated and they fell from the first chair they danced on, we would be interested to see whether the outcome was different. If you have been injured while a patron at a hotel or pub and would like further information about your entitlements, we invite you to speak to one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 to get accurate advice about the benefits you can access.

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