Saturday 18 November 2017

Girl (5) left scarred for life by toy store fall awarded €27,500

Saurya Cherfi

A FIVE-year-old girl, who has been left facially scarred for life after she fell in a toy store, was awarded €27,500 in the Circuit Civil Court today.

Barrister Eileen McAuley told the court that on the 23rd February 2009, Brianna Healy was two-year-old when she struck her head on the playground area of Hamleys Toys store in Dundrum shopping centre, Dundrum, Co Dublin.

Brianna, of The Court, Woodpark, Ballinteer, Dublin, had been in the store with her mother, Jeanette Healy.

Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, heard that as Brianna was running towards a slide, she tripped on a mat and fell on the sharp edge of a step, striking her head.

She suffered a one and a half inches laceration on her forehead and was taken to the Emergency Department of Tallaght Hospital. She was treated with paper stitches.

The wound had left a visible permanent white scar above her left eyebrow. Brianna, who sued Hamleys Toys through her mother, had later suffered a temporary hair loss which had now recovered.

Ms McAuley said that a settlement offer of €20,000 made one month ago by the store had been refused on the grounds it may not be enough. The case had then been adjourned for four weeks to allow further talks between the parties.

Judge Deery heard that Brianna’s mother was happy to accept a new offer of €27,500. He approved it.

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