Friday 31 October 2014

Schoolgirl who broke two front teeth on 'corkscrew water slide' awarded €46k compensation

By Ray Managh

Published 22/07/2014 | 12:20

A court heard how the girl, 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.

A schoolgirl, who fractured her two front teeth on a “corkscrew water slide” only a week after her eighth birthday, was today awarded €46,000 compensation.

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, 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, one of them intruding up into the gum.

Mr Marron said future dental treatment for the remainder of Aisling’s life had been estimated at more than €20,000.  When an application had been made to transfer her claim to the High Court the defendant had agreed to it remaining in the Circuit Court with unlimited jurisdiction.

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 court funds until her 18th birthday.

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