Saturday 18 November 2017

Girl (5) awarded €50k for tripping over Ikea trolley as toddler

IKEA (Stock photo)
IKEA (Stock photo)

Tim Healy

A girl who tripped over a trolley hitting her head in Ikea's Dublin store has settled her High Court action for just over €50,000.

Five year old Sophie Jennings was only a toddler when the accident happened on November 17, 2013.

She sustained a gash to the head and has been left with a 7mm scar near her right eye, the court heard.

Through her father David Jennings, Sophie, from Tallaght in Dublin sued Ikea Ireland Ltd.

It was claimed the toddler tripped and fell over a trolley which had allegedly been left unattended on the floor of the shop.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to maintain clear access along the aisles for customers using the premises and an alleged failure to properly supervise and control the location of trolleys and stock.

The claims were denied.

Approving a total award of €50,800, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said €200 could be paid out immediately for the little girl who celebrated her fifth birthday Tuesday.

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