Saturday 17 March 2018

Judge refuses €50k settlement offer to teen (15) who had to give up hurling after hotel slip

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Saurya Cherfi

A judge has refused a €50,000 settlement offer to a 15-year-old student who has difficulty walking since he hurt his left knee in a Dublin hotel almost two years ago.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said he was concerned by the fact that it was still unclear whether student Patrick Scanlon would recover from his injury or would have walking difficulties for the rest of his life.

Patrick claimed that in July 2015 he had been staying with his family at a Dublin Maldron Hotel when he slipped and fell heavily on a wet floor in the swimming pool area and injured his knee against the base of a tiled wall.

The court heard that a piece of tile was lodged in Patrick’s knee and his leg had been bleeding heavily.

Counsel for Patrick said he had been taken by ambulance to The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where a seven centimetre, three-inch-deep laceration was sutured and the piece of tile removed.

The court heard the wound had left a significant scar on Patrick’s knee and he has difficulty walking long distances and climbing stairs. 

He had to give up hurling.

Through his mother Mary O’Brien, of Ballaghboy, Doora, Ennis, Co Clare, Patrick sued Dalata Hotel Group Plc, of Burton Court, Burton Hall Drive, Sandyford, Dublin, for negligence.

Counsel said that liability was an issue but he was confidant Patrick could win his case if it went to a full trial.

Judge Groarke heard that the defendant had made a €50,000 settlement offer which he refused to approve.

“The problem is that we don’t know what is causing the pain in Patrick’s knee nor if it will be permanent.  He is only 15 and could face a knee problem for the rest of his life. I have to refuse the offer,” Judge Groarke said.

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