€15,000 for girl injured by teddy bear stall
A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was awarded €15,000 compensation yesterday after she was injured when a stall fell on her at the Dublin Horse Show.
The Circuit Civil Court heard that Ellen Smith was buying a teddy bear at the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (DSPCA) stand in the RDS when part of it fell on her.
The court heard that Ellen, who was nine at the time and lives in Ballincar, Co Sligo, was struck in the head by a 14-inch long spike attached to a partition that collapsed on top of her.
The spike entered Ellen's scalp at the back of her head at the Horse Show at Ballsbridge, Dublin, last July.
The court was told Ellen had been left with two scars which she was particularly conscious of when brushing her hair.
Her lawyer said the DSPCA had made a settlement offer to Ellen of just over €15,000 that he was recommending to the court. The settlement was approved by Mr Justice Matthew Deery.