Tennis star (16) awarded €21k after cutting ankle in gym shower cubicle
Before she suffered a cut to her ankle in a Dublin gym, Julie Melnic Jolnerovici was the number one under-14 tennis player in the country.
However, a court heard how Julie, now aged 16, dropped to number nine in her age group after the injury at a Crunch Fitness gym in April 2014.
Julie was yesterday awarded €21,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Her counsel, Michael Morrissey, told the court that Julie received the cut while coming out of a shower cubicle at Crunch Fitness in Westmanstown.
Mr Morrissey said the wound bled heavily and a staff member applied a bandage, and Julie later attended her GP. She was left with two scars on her ankle.
Via mum Irina Jolnerovici, of Annfield Drive, Castleknock, Julie sued Crunch Fitness Premier Ltd for negligence.
In a statement to the court, Julie's mum said a jagged edge to the shower door had caused the injury, leaving her daughter's left ankle painful for weeks and causing her to limp.
A consultant plastic surgeon at St James's Hospital, Dublin, had examined two permanent and somewhat discoloured scars, both measuring 2in, but surgery had not been recommended.
Mr Morrissey said Crunch Fitness Gym had made a €21,000 settlement offer and he recommended acceptance of it to the court. Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke approved the offer.
After the accident, Julie had not been able to use her ankle to its full strength and had needed to take time out from her sport, missing a number of important competitions.
Mr Morrissey said she had been ranked number one at the time of the accident but had now dropped to number nine.
Judge Groarke was told that Julie was taking her sport very seriously and was hopeful of regaining the top ranking.
He allowed an immediate payment of €500 to her to be used for a tennis tournament in Mullingar later this year.