Saturday 24 September 2016

Girl (6) left scarred for life after swimming pool fall awarded €21,000

Saurya Cherfi

Published 03/05/2016 | 14:04

Tallaght Hospital, Dublin
Tallaght Hospital, Dublin

A six-year-old schoolgirl, who was left scarred for life after she cut her chin in a hotel swimming pool, has been awarded €21,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Barrister John Scott told the court that in October 2014 Emma Olteanu had been swimming with her father Marius Olteanu at the Clarion Hotel in Clondalkin, Dublin, when the incident happened.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Emma had been wearing non-slip swimming socks but had tripped on the sharp edge of a matt inside the pool, falling and cutting her chin.

Mr Scott today told the court that Emma had been taken to the A&E Department at Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, where her wound was stitched.

Counsel said  Emma had recovered well but the wound had left a permanent two-centimetre scar under her chin.  Through her father Marius, she sued Kingsoak Taverns Ltd, which trades as Clarion Hotels.

The court heard Emma, of Adamstown Way, Lucan, Co Dublin, was self-conscious of her scar.

Mr Scott told the judge the defendant had made a €21,000 settlement offer and he was happy to recommend acceptance of it to the court.  Judge Groarke approved it. 

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