Tuesday 17 October 2017

Court awards €19k to student who suffered injuries in Easons bookshop when frame fell on her

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Saurya Cherfi

A 17-year-old student, who was struck on the head when an electronic frame fell off a wall in an Eason store in Dublin, has been awarded €19,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke last year refused a €13,500 settlement offer to Shauna Kenny, who, he had heard, was still suffering from headaches and stiffness in her neck two-and-a-half years after the incident.

Barrister David Boughton, counsel for Shauna, told the court that in July 2012 Shauna had been browsing in an electronic books area at Easons, Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin when the frame had suddenly fallen on her.

Shauna, who was 14 at the time, had been struck on her head and right wrist. She had been taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin, where X-rays revealed no fracture.

The court heard that Shauna, of Barnville Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin, had suffered a concussion injury and soft-tissue damage to her neck, lower back and right wrist. A splint had been applied to her wrist.

She had suffered from severe headaches for half a year following the incident. Through her mother Kathy Maher, she sued the store and David James Retail Solutions Ltd, Edenderry, Co Offaly, for negligence.

Judge Groarke heard that following talks between the parties, an increased offer of €19,000 had been made and he approved it.

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