€21,000 awarded to schoolgirl scarred by pool fall
A six-year-old schoolgirl, who was left scarred for life after she cut her chin in a hotel swimming pool, has been awarded €21,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Barrister John Scott told the court that in October 2014, Emma Olteanu had been swimming with her father, Marius Olteanu, at the Clarion Hotel in Clondalkin, Dublin, when the incident happened.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Emma had been wearing non-slip swimming socks at the time.
However, she had tripped on the sharp edge of a mat inside the pool, falling and cutting her chin.
Mr Scott yesterday told the court that Emma had been taken to the A&E Department at Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, where her wound was stitched. Counsel said Emma had recovered well but the wound had left a permanent two-centimetre scar under her chin.
Through her father, Marius, she sued Kingsoak Taverns Ltd, which trades as Clarion Hotels.
The court heard that Emma, from Adamstown Way, Lucan, Co Dublin, was self-conscious of her scar.
Mr Scott told the judge that the defendant had made a €21,000 settlement offer and that he was happy to recommend acceptance of it to the court.
Judge Groarke approved the settlement.