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Monday 18 December 2017

€20k for schoolgirl who fell into a hole

A SCHOOLGIRL who was left with a scar on her forehead after she tripped and fell in a hole has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Conor Kearney said that on December 18, 2006, Kodie Geoghegan Dowdall, who was seven at the time, had been visiting her aunt at Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, when the accident happened.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that works were being carried out on the premises as part of a regeneration programme.







Stitches

Mr Kearney said Kodie, of Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun, Dublin, had fallen in a hole, which had been dug during the works and left exposed, striking her head on concrete.

She suffered a laceration on the right-hand side of her forehead, which was bleeding profusely. She had been taken to the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin.

Her wound had been drawn together using glue and Seri-strips and she had been sent home.

A superficial infection was diagnosed a few days later and her dressings had to be changed three times by a public nurse. The court heard that the wound had left a visible inch-long scar on her forehead and this caused her embarrassment in her social activities.

She sued SIAC Construction Ltd, of Dolcain House, Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, for damages, through her mother, Olive Geoghegan Dowdall.

Mr Kearney said that the company, which denied liability and had entered a full defence, had made a settlement offer of €20,000.

Judge Deery, hearing that the scar could be revised by excision and re-suturing when Kodie is 18, approved the offer.

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