Friday 21 July 2017

Schoolgirl (17) left with 'significant scar' after scooter incident awarded €40k

Permanent scar currently causing teen cosmetic concerns

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Ray Managh

A 17-year-old schoolgirl who has been left with a significant scar on her left thigh following a push scooter incident, has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Michael Coen, counsel for Chelsea Adamson, of Moatview Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin 17, told the court that the handle of the scooter had embedded itself in her thigh, causing a deep and jagged laceration.

Mr Coen, who appeared with Thomas Loomes Solicitors, said Chelsea on 23rd December 2008 was travelling on the scooter on a visit to her granny and had been using a laneway between Moatview Avenue and Moatview Gardens when the accident happened.

He said she suffered severe personal injuries when the front wheel of the scooter went down in a hole, throwing her to the ground.  He said the hole had been caused by works that had been carried out at the site of her fall.

Mr Coen said the handle embedded itself in her left inner thigh and she was taken to the Children’s Hospital in Temple Street, Dublin, where the wound had been stitched under local anaesthesia.  She had been prescribed pain killers and anti-biotics.

Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, heard that Chelsea had been left with an unsightly two-inch scar which prevented her from wearing shorts. 

The scar was permanent and currently causing her cosmetic concerns.

Judge Groarke, approving a settlement offer of €40,000 from Dublin City Council which was responsible for the upkeep of the laneway, said expert medical evidence suggested that plastic surgery on the scar could make things worse that they are.

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