A wine bar has been fined £100,000 after serving a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen which left a young woman fighting for her life.
Gaby Scanlon was celebrating her 18th birthday with friends at Oscar’s Wine Bar in Lancaster when she drank the Nitro-Jagermeister shot, but within seconds was in agonising pain.
She was rushed to hospital where doctors discovered it had perforated her stomach lining and underwent surgery to remove her stomach.
The teenager has been left with lasting health problems following the incident, in October 2012, and says it has devastated her health and completely changed her life.
Oscar’s Wine Bar Ltd was fined £100,000 plus £40,000 costs at a recent hearing at Preston Crown Court, admitting it had failed in its duty as an employer to ensure the safety of persons not in its employment by making sure the shot cocktail was safe for consumption.
Ms Scanlon, 20, has launched a civil action against the bar through specialist personal injury and public liability lawyers at Slater and Gordon.
In a statement, she said: “What happened has had a devastating impact on my health, and nothing is going to change that, but I am relieved that the court case has finally come to an end.
“I just want to be left alone now to try and get on with the rest of my life.
“I would never have touched the drink if I’d known what it would do and I would urge other people to avoid them, it’s just not worth the risk.
“If there’s even the smallest chance that the same thing could happen to someone else, then these drinks shouldn’t be served at all.”
Lawyer, Patricia Noone, who is representing Gaby in the civil action, added: “Bars and restaurants are required by law to make sure what they’re serving to the public is safe.
“Oscar’s Wine Bar failed in its duty and it is disappointing that they left it so long to take responsibility.
“Gaby has already been through a great deal and it is likely that she will need medical attention for her condition for the rest of her life.
“She still suffers sudden and quite severe bouts of pain which have led to her being admitted to hospital several times, has to eat little and often and have regular vitamin injections to get the nutrients she needs.
“We welcome the sentence as we can now focus on getting her the help she needs.”