Friday 30 September 2016

Woman hit by flagpole at the National Library awarded almost €36,000

By Saurya Cherfi

Published 19/05/2015 | 17:39

Tracey Curran (49), pictured arriving at the Four Courts for a Circuit Civil Court action against the National Library. Pic: Courts Collins
Tracey Curran (49), pictured arriving at the Four Courts for a Circuit Civil Court action against the National Library. Pic: Courts Collins

A banner fell off a flagpole at the National Library in Dublin and struck a passing saleswoman, the Circuit Civil Court was told today.

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Tracey Curran (49), who was awarded almost €36,000 damages for personal injuries, said she suffers from ongoing pain in her right hand since the accident.

She told her barrister Conor Kearney that in October 2011, she had been walking on Kildare Street to her workplace at the National Museum when she was struck by the banner which hit her on her right shoulder, breast and hand. 

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Ms Curran, of Limewood Court, Raheny, Dublin, suffered ligament damage to her shoulder and bruising to her body.

She had been prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets and had needed to undergo physiotherapy.

She said she still suffers pain in her hand while driving or working and her daily life had been disturbed.

Ms Curran said she needs to wear a support bandage on her hand when carrying out housework and work chores, and continues to take anti-inflammatory tablets.

“Unless there’s a miracle cure, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just go on with things as they come,” she told Mr Kearney.

She sued the National Library of Ireland and Kingram Communications Group Ltd (in liquidation), with an address at Genoa House, Drummartin Road, Dublin, for negligence and breach of duty.

Mr Kearney told the court that liability had been admitted in the case and today’s hearing was an assessment of damages only.

Judge Groarke said he accepted Ms Curran’s ongoing pain in her hand interfered with her daily activities.

Awarding her €35,910 damages against both defendants jointly and severally, he said a full recovery of her symptoms was not anticipated.

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