Wednesday 13 December 2017

Girl (4) who suffered crush injury in lift accident 'scarred for life'

Kevin and Addie Croke, with their daughter Juliette (4), outside the Circuit Civil Court.
Kevin and Addie Croke, with their daughter Juliette (4), outside the Circuit Civil Court.

Saurya Cherfi

A court has heard that a four-year-old schoolgirl will be scarred for life after her hand became trapped in the lift doors at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Judge Petria McDonnell heard in the Circuit Civil Court that in November 2011, Juliette Croke was with her aunt and granny at the centre when the accident happened.

Barrister Noel Cosgrove said the incident had been very traumatic for Juliette, who was just over a year old at the time.

She suffered a crush injury to her middle and ring fingers, resulting in skin loss to both and was taken to a clinic, where her wounds were cleaned and dressed.

He said Juliette suffered pain and swelling to her fingers for several weeks after the accident, and was very upset.

Juliette, of Willbrook Estate, Whitechurch Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, developed an overgrowth of skin to her ring finger, which had later resolved itself.

The wounds had left visible, permanent scars on her fingers, the court heard.

Through her mother, Addie Croke, Juliette sued Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin Ltd and Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin (No 2) Ltd, for negligence.

Mr Cosgrove said liability was not an issue and the defendants had made a €12,500 settlement offer.

However, he said he feared this was not enough.

Judge McDonnell refused the offer, and the matter was adjourned for a full hearing.

Irish Independent

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