Top furniture designer is suing swanky Chiltern Firehouse for over £200,000

The top furniture designer is suing the swanky Chiltern Firehouse for over £200,000 after tripping over a step in the toilet and suffering serious facial injuries as he denies a bottle of wine he shared during a meal was to blame

  • David Salmon, 61, a furniture designer, fell off a step in 2018 and sustained injuries
  • Injuries include a broken nose and teeth, and broken bone spurs in his neck
  • Mr Salmon is suing Chiltern Firehouse Ltd for over £200,000 for the autumn
  • The company accepts “principal liability” but says Mr Salmon is partially responsible for the fall

A top furniture designer who fell down a step in the swanky Chiltern Firehouse and suffered serious facial injuries has sued the restaurant for over £200,000.

David Salmon, 61, from Nacton in Suffolk, broke his nose and teeth, fractured bone spurs in his neck and suffered injuries to his knee, torso and both shoulders after the 2018 accident.

Mr Salmon, who now lives in Monaco and has made furniture for clients including most of the world’s royal households, also said the fall caused PTSD and a “microscopic brain injury that underpins post-concussion syndrome”.

Although the Chiltern Street Hotel Ltd has accepted “principal liability” for the accident, it claims that Mr Salmon was partly responsible for his fall because he was drinking at the time, according to court documents.

But Mr Salmon has blamed the restaurant for the accident, claiming they failed to put up a warning sign saying ‘Mind the Step’ in the men’s toilet.

The 61-year-old has also claimed that because the color of the step tiles was the same as in the basement, there was nothing to indicate a level change that occurred “two steps” inside the toilet.

Mr Salmon is suing the restaurant for more than £200,000 in damages, alleging negligence for failing to warn of the hazard, installing a handrail and failing to “clearly demarcate” the edge of the step.

David Salmon, 61, from Nacton in Suffolk, pictured broke his nose and teeth, fractured bone spurs in his neck and was left with injuries to his knee, torso and both shoulders after the accident in 2018

David Salmon, 61, from Nacton in Suffolk, pictured broke his nose and teeth, fractured bone spurs in his neck and was left with injuries to his knee, torso and both shoulders after the accident in 2018

Chiltern Firehouse Ltd have said they regard Mr Salmon's drinking during his lunch as a

Chiltern Firehouse Ltd have said they regard Mr Salmon’s drinking during his lunch as a “contributing factor” to the accident. Pictured: Chiltern Firehouse in London’s West End

In court documents, Mr Salmon’s attorney David Powell said: “Although Mr Salmon is believed to have shared a bottle of wine with a staff member while on the premises, it is alleged that he did so with a meal and over a relative long period has done .

“He’s ‘a big guy’ in his own words, he was used to drinking so much wine with one meal.”

“Under the circumstances, he certainly wasn’t drunk. In fact, the wine he drank did not affect his ability to see and/or judge the step under the circumstances described above and thus did not contribute to the accident.

“Additionally or alternatively, since the premises were a restaurant serving alcohol, the defendant should have expected that certain of its patrons would have consumed some alcohol and could be adversely affected as a result. ‘

“In these circumstances, the step and/or floor presented an even greater hazard or trap and/or predictable risk of harm than in a non-alcohol establishment.”

Mr Salmon, who now lives in Monaco, has also said the fall caused PTSD and a

Mr Salmon, who now lives in Monaco, also said the fall caused PTSD and a “microscopic brain injury that underpins post-concussion syndrome”. Pictured: The interior of the restaurant

Mr Salmon is an acclaimed furniture designer and maker who had his first experience in antique restoration, working with English Heritage and the National Trust before building a thriving furniture business.

According to his company’s website, “David continues to produce bespoke designs for renowned architects and interior designers worldwide, for private clients and for most of the world’s royal households”.

The case of Mr Salmon v Chiltern Firehouse Ltd was brought to the High Court earlier this summer but has yet to appear before a judge.

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Emma Colton

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