The High Court has heard the lift of a Killarney hotel felt like it was hanging by a thread.
Kevin Meehan received multiple fractures to his spine and was in a wheelchair for three months after the lift of the Killarney Plaza Hotel allegedly dropped three floors, crashing into the underground basement car park 10 years ago.
Mr Meehan has sued hotel owners Shawcove Ltd, companies involved in the installation and maintenance of lifts, as well as the lift components manufacturer.
It's claimed there was a failure to ensure the intended pathway from the car park was safe and free from hazard, and a failure to install a proper functioning lift from the car park to the hotel.
Opening the case, Barney Quirke said Kevin Meehan, aged 33 at the time, suffered significant injuries, was in the most extraordinary pain, and suffered post-traumatic stress after the incident.