A young girl, who was attacked by a Rottweiler that had been allowed to escape from its home, has had a settlement of compensation for a dog bite injury approved at the High Court.
On December 26th 2011, Lauren Kelly from Abbeylara in County Longford was playing “hunting the wren” with family and friends when she came across a Rottweiler that had been allowed to escape from its home and wander the streets.
The Rottweiler attacked Lauren – who was just nine years old at the time – and, despite Lauren´s mother and friends trying to pull the dog away, Lauren suffered multiple bite injuries to her upper right arm. Lauren was treated at hospital for her dog bite injuries and subsequently had to undergo skin graft operations which has resulted in significant scarring.
Lauren made a claim for compensation for a dog bite injury through her father – Michael Kelly – alleging that the owner of the dog had been negligent in allowing the Rottweiler to escape. The dog´s owner – William Crawford also of Abbeylara in County Longford – admitted liability and a €150,000 settlement of compensation for a dog bite injury was negotiated.
In order for the settlement to be approved, Lauren´s claim for dog bite injury compensation was heard before Mr Justice Kevin Cross at the High Court in Dublin. Judge Cross was told how Lauren had been tossed around like a rag doll while the attack was in progress and how she subsequently suffered nightmares. Lauren also has to wear a protective sleeve while swimming to prevent an infection to her arm.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the €150,000 settlement of compensation for a dog bite injury. The compensation settlement will be held in an interest-bearing account at the court until Lauren reaches the age of eighteen. Lauren´s patents will be able to access the compensation fund if Lauren requires further medical attention to cope with the consequences of the attack.