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Sunday 20 April 2014

Acupuncture left woman with black eye for weeks, court told

Woman awarded costs by court

6/12/2013
Bernadette Poleon, of Kilbreena Estate, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, leaving court yesterday(Fri) after she was awarded €6,000 damages following a Circuit Civil Court action.Pic: Collins Courts
6/12/2013 Bernadette Poleon, of Kilbreena Estate, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, leaving court yesterday(Fri) after she was awarded €6,000 damages following a Circuit Civil Court action.Pic: Collins Courts

A woman, who volunteered for a college acupuncture treatment demonstration, has been awarded damages after having been left with a black eye for seven weeks.

Bernadette Poleon, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, said in the Circuit Civil Court today that her friends and fellow students “smiled disbelievingly” when she told them how she got the black eye.

Fiona Crawford, counsel for Poleon, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane her client opted to participate in a case study for an acupuncture clinical training treatment in the Irish Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ranelagh, Dublin, in April 2010.

She said that although the defendant, Bellfields Consultants Ltd., owner of the Institute, had entered a full defence to Ms Poleon’s claim the matter had by consent reduced to an assessment of damages by the court.

Poleon, who is currently studying for a Masters in Psychology at UCD, said a student of acupuncture had inserted a needle below each of her eyes. 

While the needle under her left eye had been left in position, a supervisor had re-positioned the needle that was under her right eye. Later that day her left eye became puffy and two days later was yellow and black.

She said her eye remained puffy and tender for several days and was black for seven weeks but she had made a full recovery after that.

Poleon told Grainne Larkin, counsel for the college, that she had volunteered to take part in the case study. She had suffered from a sinus problem for which her GP was now treating her.

Judge Linnane, awarding Poleon €6,000 damages and costs on the District Court scale , said the injury had clearly caused her some embarrassment.

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