Judge refuses €25k offer to girl (9) bitten on face by dog
A judge has refused to approve a €25,000 damages offer to a nine-year-old girl who was bitten on the face by a neighbour's dog 18 months ago.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke agreed with the girl's barrister, Don Seligman, that the settlement may not be enough because of ongoing discomfort to the girl and the potential need for future treatment.
Mr Seligman told the court that on December 13, 2011, the then eight-year-old Amy Shortle, of The Links, Donabate, Co Dublin, had been playing with children at the home of Thomas Tol and Tracey Lynch.
He said Amy had been in the corridor of the couple's home changing her shoes when, without provocation, their Spaniel dog attacked her.
Amy suffered two lacerations to the right side of her face and a laceration to the left side. She needed 20 stitches. He said doctors felt she may require laser treatment in the future.
Judge Groarke adjourned the proceedings to facilitate further negotiations between the parties.