Wednesday 18 October 2017

Judge halts case of young girl suing over hand injuries after ice-skating rink incident

Teresa Crowley, mother of Aoibhe Naghten from Blanchardstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday(Thurs) after the opening day of a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts
Teresa Crowley, mother of Aoibhe Naghten from Blanchardstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday(Thurs) after the opening day of a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts
Teresa Crowley, mother of Aoibhe Naghten from Blanchardstown, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday(Thurs) after the opening day of a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A HIGH Court action by a young girl who sued over injuries to her hand in an ice-skating accident has been halted.

Aoibhe Naghten claimed she fell and another skater ran over her hand at a pop-up ice rink at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin, on December 30, 2015.

The case was halted by Mr Justice Michael Hanna after the rink operators sought to introduce a new expert's and witness report to the case but Ms Naghten's side objected.

The judge, who had heard evidence from the girl who is nearly 12 years of age, and from an expert on her side, said he felt sorry for her but he must abandon the case.

However, he granted her the costs of the hearing.  He said while he hated having to abandon the case, he had to, and she "could put it down to one of life's experiences".

Mr Justice Hanna directed the case go back in to the court list to be heard at a future date.

He also directed both sides to exchange engineers' reports.

Ms Naghten , Summerfield Rise, Blanchardstown, Dublin,through her mother Teresa Crowley, sued Cool Running  Events Ltd, with offices at Glanmire, Co Cork, as a result of the fall.

She told the court she was skating towards the exit when a man standing at the side barrier turned around and accidentally bumped against her and she fell. While she was on the ground, she said another skater went over her right hand.

After the accident, she was given first aid at the rink and later got the wound in her right hand cleaned  and stitched in hospital. She also had to have a splint for her right middle finger and has been left with a scar, she said.

Her claims were denied and Cool Running Events contended she was the author of her own misfortune.

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