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Saturday 19 April 2014

Toddler awarded €20k after cutting legs in hotel pool

Shards of glass in Florida paddling pool

AN 18-month-old Bray girl who cut her leg on shards of glass at the bottom of a paddling pool at a Florida holiday resort has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Leah Mooney McGrath, who is now aged three-and-a-half, had suffered two lacerations to her left leg, barrister Siobhan Gaffney told Judge Matthew Deery.

Ms Gaffney said Leah, of Sycamore Drive, Bray, Co Wicklow, had been holidaying with her parents at the Enclave Suites Hotel, Carrier Drive, Orlando, Florida, in January 2011 when the incident occurred.

Leah had been playing under supervision in the children's pool when her leg had been cut by glass on the bottom. She had to have the wounds sutured at a Florida hospital with glue stitches and again treated on her return home.

Ms Gaffney told the court that Leah's mother, Yvonne, on her daughter's behalf, had sued Panther Associates Ltd., which trades as Tour America, Dublin, and Sky Resorts Management which trades as Enclave Suites Hotel, Florida.

She told Judge Deery that Sky Resorts had agreed to indemnify the Irish tour operator, Panther Associates, for the full €20,000 settlement offer and legal costs of the case. Judge Deery approved the settlement.

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