Monday 18 December 2017

Injured schoolgirl awarded €30,000 damages

Saurya Cherfi

A 17-year-old schoolgirl, who was injured two years ago when a taxi drove over her ankle while she was lying on the road after a fall, has been awarded €30,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Matthew Jolley said today that on December 11 2010, Ciara Brown was crossing D’Olier Street in Dublin with friends when she slipped and fell.

He said she was still lying on the ground when a taxi, driven by Stephen Gahan, of Allendale Rise, Clonsilla, Dublin, hit her.

Ciara, of Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin, had been taken by ambulance to St James’ Hospital, Dublin, where X-rays revealed a fracture to her left ankle.

Mr Jolley, who appeared with Blake Horrigan solicitors for Ciara, told the court she had her ankle treated under general anaesthesia.

She had worn a plaster cast and had missed school for a number of weeks and had been left with two scars of 10cm each. She still experienced discomfort.

Mr Jolley told Judge Matthew Deery that although Ciara’s damages had been evaluated at €60,000, liability was an issue and a 50/50 basis had been estimated to be fair.

He recommended a settlement offer of €30,000 made on behalf of Mr Gahan. Judge Deery approved the offer.

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