€8k payout for children bitten by bed bugs while living in Dublin hostel
Two young children who suffered bedbug bites while they were living in a Dublin hostel have been awarded damages for personal injuries in the Circuit Civil Court.
Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that in June 2013 brother and sister David Olurim (3) and Keji Bamidele (9) were living at the Georgian Court Hostel in Lower Gardiner Street when the incident happened.
Their mother, Oyindamola Bamidele, said in an affidavit that there was an infestation of bedbugs in their room and, over a period of four weeks, the three of them suffered bites on their faces and bodies.
She said the hostel was owned by Fazyard Ltd, of Clondalkin Towers Hotel, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.
The court heard that Keji, who was five at the time, suffered severe itchiness and irritable skin.
She was taken to her GP and later attended the Emergency Department at Temple Street Children's hospital in Dublin, along with her brother.
The judge was told that Keji suffered a number of bites to her body and face, while David, who was five weeks old at the time, suffered bites to his head.
Through their mother, of Brega, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, the children sued Fazyard Ltd for negligence.
They alleged the accommodation had been unclean, unhygienic and unfit for human habitation.
The children also claimed that the defendant failed to inspect the room regularly and failed to act immediately after Ms Bamidele made a complaint to the landlord.
They also claimed that Fazyard Ltd failed to have sufficient regard for health and safety.
The court heard that, following the children's attendance at hospital, the defendant had contacted PestGuard and the room was disinfected following an inspection.
Keji and David's case was that this should have been organised as soon as their mother had complained.
Judge Groarke, hearing that the children had made a quick recovery, approved a €5,000 settlement offer in respect of Keji's claim and a €3,000 offer in respect of David's.