A STUDENT 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 (45), of Kilbreena Estate, Dunboyne, Co Meath, said friends "smiled disbelievingly" when she told them how she got the black eye.
Ms Poleon's counsel Fiona Crawford told Judge Jacqueline Linnane volunteered for an acupuncture clinical training treatment at the Irish Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ranelagh, Dublin, in April 2010.
Ms Poleon, who is currently studying for a Masters in Psychology at UCD, said that a student of acupuncture had inserted a needle below each of her eyes.
A supervisor then 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, the Circuit Civil Court heard.
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. Ms Poleon had suffered from a sinus problem for which her GP was now treating her.
Ms Crawford said the defendant, Bellfields Consultants Ltd, owner of the Institute, had entered a full defence to Ms Poleon's claim. But the matter had, by consent, been reduced to an assessment of damages by the court.
Awarding Ms Poleon €6,000 damages and costs, Judge Linnane said the injury had clearly caused her some embarrassment.