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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Girl who broke teeth on pool slide gets €46,000 compensation

Ray Managh

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Deborah Connell, mother of Aisling Connell, of Palmers Avenue, Palmerstown, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday (Tues) after Aisling Connell was awarded €46,000 damages following a Civil Court action taken on her behalf by her mother. Picture: Collins
Deborah Connell, mother of Aisling Connell, of Palmers Avenue, Palmerstown, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday (Tues) after Aisling Connell was awarded €46,000 damages following a Civil Court action taken on her behalf by her mother. Picture: Collins

A SCHOOLGIRL, who fractured her two front teeth on a "corkscrew water slide" only a week after her eighth birthday, has been awarded €46,000 compensation.

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Judge Matthew Deery was told in the Circuit Civil Court that Aisling Connell, now aged 14, had struck her face while using the slide in a swimming pool in the Sheldon Park Hotel, Kylemore Road, Dublin, in January 2008. Barrister Patrick Marron, counsel for Aisling, of Palmers Avenue, Palmerstown, Dublin, said her two adult front teeth had needed repeated composite restorations since the accident.

Aisling, through her mother, Deborah (inset), sued Cavvies Limited, which trades as Liffey Valley Fitness, Sheldon Park Hotel, Kylemore Road, Dublin, where she used the swimming pool and slide.

The court heard that both of Aisling's front teeth were fractured.

Mr Marron said future dental treatment for the remainder of Aisling's life had been estimated at more than €20,000. Judge Deery approved a settlement offer of €46,000 and costs to Aisling on behalf of the defendant Cavvies Limited. The money will be invested in funds until her 18th birthday.

Irish Independent

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