€10,000 for schoolgirl who cut finger in Debenhams
Naoise’s finger caught in fridge grill
A nine-year-old schoolgirl, who lacerated her left index finger in Debenhams’ café in Henry Street, Dublin, was today awarded €10,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Barrister Bernadette Kirby told the court that in March 2011, Naoise Walsh was removing a drink container from a fridge when her finger became trapped in a metal grill.
Ms Kirby said Naoise cut her finger as she removed it from the grill. It bled profusely and she had been taken by ambulance to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, in Dublin, where the wound was dressed.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard Naoise attended the hospital the following day for an examination of the wound under general anaesthetic. No tendon damage had been found and the wound was stitched.
Naoise, who was six at the time, was discharged from hospital on the same day as her operation.
Ms Kirby told the court that Naoise had made a good recovery. Through her mother Amy Walsh, of Huband Road, Bluebell, Dublin, Naoise sued Debenhams Retail Ireland Ltd.
Judge Groarke approved a settlement offer by Debenhams of €10,000.