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Wednesday 7 December 2016

€40k for piano girl (9) who lost fingertip in automatic door

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A nine-year-old schoolgirl, who had to abandon learning to play the piano because the tip of her left ring finger was severed between automatic doors at a Dublin pharmacy, has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister David Richardson told the court that in November 2012, Julia Roman had been with her father, Costica Roman at Doc Morris Pharmacy in Lucan, Co Dublin, when her finger was caught in the doors.

Mr Richardson said the pulp tip of Julia’s finger was amputated in the incident and her nail was torn off. Her father had salvaged the severed  part and brought it, with his daughter, to the Emergency Department of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Julia, of Cannon Brooke Avenue, Lucan, was immediately admitted for plastic surgery where the amputated part was re-attached under general anaesthetic. 

Julia, who was six-years-old at the time, had needed to return to the hospital on several occasions to have her dressings changed.  The wound had left a small scar on her finger.

Mr Richardson said Julia had to give up piano lessons because of discomfort in her finger.  

Through her mother, Elena Roman, she sued Unicare Pharmacy Ltd, which trades as Doc Morris, and the company which installed the doors, Lovco Cleaning and Building Services Ltd, of Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin, for negligence. 

Mr Richardson said the defendants had made a €40,000 settlement offer and he recommended acceptance of it to the court.  Judge Groarke approved it.

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