With the arrival of extreme cold in Quebec, residents need to be extra cautious when it comes to outdoor activity. Too much time spent outdoors can be hazardous, even deadly. Accidents and unfortunate circumstances that lead to exposure to dangerous conditions are especially tragic.
Just earlier this week, for example, Quebec politician Gilles Duceppe's mother died after becoming trapped outside her Montreal senior housing development.
Today, another Quebec woman is suffering the consequences of exposure. The 21-year-old woman was kicked out of Dagobert, a bar in Quebec City, on Friday night for being too drunk. She states that she was kicked out without her shoes and spent about half an hour outside in front of the bar, when the outside temperature reached -35 with wind chill. As a result, she suffered severe frostbite and her feet may be amputated.
Now, she is pursuing legal action against the Quebec institution.
TLDR: A woman suffered severe frostbite and now risks amputation after being kicked out of a Quebec City bar. She is now pursuing legal action against the bar, but Dagobert claims they did nothing wrong.
Catherine Jalbert, the plaintiff, spent the night being treated in the severe burns unit of the Hôpital de l'Enfant Jésus for second and third degree burns. She says she is speechless by the way she was treated by the employees of the bar, stating that she cannot believe she was not allowed to wait for her transport from inside Dagobert.
Jalbert does admit that she drank too much and acted violently, but her lawyer claims that it is the responsibility of the management to ensure that their clientele is safe, even when they are severely intoxicated.
The bar's management defends itself, saying that Jalbert displayed violent tendencies. One employee, Jean-Frédéric Laberge, states that they gave Jalbert her shoes on two separate occasions.
Footage from the security cameras from that night shows Jalbert's friend pushing the bouncer. The plaintiff is obviously stumbling, as the bouncer throws her her shoes and coat before pushing her out of the door.
Do you think the bar should be held responsible?