Wednesday 21 March 2018

Wicklow schoolgirl gets €12,000 for leg injury from rusty nails in cake stand

Ray Managh

DUNNES Stores and a commercial bakery have accepted a 60/40 dough mix in a €12,000 damages pay-out to a Co Wicklow schoolgirl.

Judge Alan Mahon was told today that Dunnes and ABF Grain Products Limited, a London-based bread and cake producer, had accepted liability on a 60/40 basis to meet a claim by 11-year-old Jade Earls.

Barrister Susan Jones told the Circuit Civil Court that Jade had been with her mother, Fidelma, in Dunnes Cornelscourt, Co Dublin, store on July 16, 2010 when her left leg caught on rusty nails in a defective cake stand.

Ms Jones, who appeared with Jones Magee solicitors for Jade, said there had been a piece of wood hanging down from the stand with a number of rusty nails exposed.

She told Judge Mahon that Jade, of Hawthorn Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, had suffered a four inch abrasion to her left leg and a four centimetre laceration which, although recovered, had left a faint permanent scar.

Ms Jones said Dunnes Stores and ABF Grain Products, Grosvenor Street, London, had made a settlement offer of €12,000 damages, as well as legal costs, which she was recommending to the court.

Judge Mahon approved the offer. Barrister James McArdle said it had been agreed the award could be made 60 per cent against Dunnes and 40 per cent against ABF Grain Products.

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