Court dismisses huge claim against casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A high Court judge has dismissed a R676 000 damages action brought against the Wild Coast Sun casino by a Pietermaritzburg woman who slipped and fell at the casino, injuring her ankle.In a reserved judgment handed down on Friday, Judge Herbert Msimang upheld a plea by the casino that it was exempt from liability in that it had prominently displayed disclaimer notices, of which Hanseedevi Boodhoo, was aware, or alternatively, that the casino had taken all reasonable steps to draw her attention to the notices and that she was bound by the disclaimer. The incident occurred on July 5, 2000. The notices proclaim that the Wild Coast Sun "accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or any other misfortune howsoever caused or arising from the utilisation of any facilities" in the complex. Boodhoo had alleged that the casino had been negligent in failing to ensure that customers would not be injured on its premises.The court heard there were 43 disclaimer notices in the casino.

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