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Dunnes worker who suffered ligament tear while working at deli awarded €65k


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AN assistant chef who hurt her shoulder and ankle while working in the deli at a Dunnes Stores branch has been awarded €65,000 by the High Court.

Olga Djadenko (35) suffered a jerking injury to her left shoulder and a partial tear of a ligament in her ankle joint when she attempted to catch a piece of deli counter glass which was falling to the ground after she washed it.

Ms Djadenko, of Rosedale Crescent, Clonee, Co Meath was working as an assistant chef at Dunnes in Ongar Village, Clonee, when the accident happened on June 21, 2011.

Mr Justice Anthony Barr said Ms Djadenko has said she continued to experience some pain in her ankle and if she walks long distances, the ankle swells and is painful.

She cannot go running and is unable to wear high heels as this causes the ankle to become very painful.

Her shoulder, she reported, is better.

The judge said while Ms Djadenko did not make a huge issue of the continuing problems she was upset she was still not able to wear high heel shoes at the time the action came before the courts five years later.

"This represents a significant continuing disability for her. She is a young single woman who may well want to wear high heeled shoes when going  to formal functions, such as weddings, birthday parties or dinner dances  or she may want to wear them when going out to a restaurant with a boyfriend or male companion," he said

This continuing disability merited a modest award of damages into the future and he allowed €15,000 for that.

He also awarded €45,000 for general damages along with €5,246 special damages.

Ms Djadenko, who now works in a different job, told the court she left Dunnes in 2013 after incidents including when she was hit by a trolley, when a box of sweets fell from an upper shelf on to her head and a bottle of liquid had toppled over at the checkout and hit her on the forearm.

Mr Justice Barr granted a stay on the award in the event of an appeal by Dunnes Stores, providing €40,000 was paid out immediately.

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