Month: April 2014

Settlement of Child´s Claim for Injury Due to Faulty Footpath Approved in the High Court

A young girl has had the €125,000 settlement of her claim for an injury due to a faulty footpath approved at the High Court.

Nine-year-old Charlotte Clapperton (now 16 years of age) was riding her electric scooter on May31st 2007 when it hit an uneven section of the footpath on Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore, Dublin, and Charlotte fell from the scooter – severely injuring her left elbow.

The damage to her elbow meant that Charlotte had to undergo two operations, and she still has a 10cm scar on her forearm. Her elbow still troubles her, and Charlotte is unable to participate in her former pastimes of gymnastics and Irish dancing.

Charlotte made a claim for an injury due to a faulty footpath through her mother – Collette Clapperton of Bluebell in Dublin – on the basis that the footpath was in a poor state due to the roots of nearby trees pushing the flagstones up, and that the footpath was in such a condition to make it a safety hazard.

Dublin City Council – who had responsibility for the maintenance of the tress and the footpath – admitted liability for Charlotte´s injuries and a settlement of injury compensation for an injury due to a faulty footpath amounting to €125,000 was agreed.

However, before Charlotte´s injury claim could be completely resolved, the settlement first had to be approved by a judge as the claim had been brought on behalf of a minor. Consequently, at the High Court in Dublin, the circumstances of Charlotte´s accident and injury were retold to Ms Justice Mary Irvine.

Judge Irvine approved the settlement, after inspecting Charlotte´s injury and stating that it did not look as bad as she had anticipated. She told Charlotte that she hoped the injury was not going to affect her in the future.

Lacerated Finger Injury Compensation Approved in the Circuit Court

A young girl from Dublin, who cut her finger in the café of Debenhams in Henry Street, has had a settlement of lacerated finger injury compensation approved in court.

Naoise Walsh (now nine years of age) from Bluebell in Dublin was visiting the Debenhams store in Henry Street with her mother when, in March 2011, she tried to get a drink carton out of the fridge in the Debenhams café.

As she did so her finger got stuck in the metal grill of the shelf; and, when Naoise tried to free her finger, she cut it badly and it started bleeding profusely.

An ambulance was called, and Naoise was taken to the Temple Street Children´s Hospital, where her lacerated finger was treated and dressed.

Naoise returned to the hospital the following day and, under a general anaesthetic, her finger was checked for signs of tendon damage.

Thankfully, no permanent injury was discovered and, after recovering from the anaesthetic, Naoise was allowed home with stitches in her finger.

Through her mother – Amy Walsh – Naoise made a claim for lacerated finger injury compensation against Debenhams Retail Ireland Ltd., who admitted liability for Naoise´s injury.

A settlement of lacerated finger injury compensation amounting to €10,000 was agreed without the Injuries Board´s intervention, but – like all child injury compensation settlements in Ireland – the settlement first had to be approved by a judge.

Consequently, the case was brought before Mr Justice Raymond Groarke at the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin, who after hearing how Naoise sustained her injury, approved the settlement of lacerated finger injury compensation and closed the case.