Saturday 17 March 2018

Woman sues over pain 'after 40 minutes at hair salon basin'

Andrea Dunne leaving the Circuit Civil Court yesterday after the hearing.
Andrea Dunne leaving the Circuit Civil Court yesterday after the hearing.

Saurya Cherfi

A 35-year-old woman told a court that she developed pain in her neck after allegedly sitting for 40 minutes at a washing basin in a Peter Mark hair salon.

The case was "resolved" on undisclosed terms yesterday after Andrea Dunne had claimed €38,000 in damages.

Ms Dunne said in the Circuit Civil Court that she felt pain in her neck a few hours after she had left the salon on Grafton Street, Dublin, on May 3, 2008.

She told her barrister William Martin-Smith that the salon had been "extremely busy" and that she had been seated at the basin with her head backwards for 40 minutes.

Ms Dunne said she had a hot towel treatment, during which her hair was wrapped in a wet towel, which was "really heavy".

The court heard, as the pain progressed through her left shoulder, she went to her GP who prescribed anti-inflammatory and pain-killers. She was treated with intramuscular injections while on holiday in Spain.

She sued Peter Mark for damages. The hair salon, which entered a full defence to Ms Dunne's claim, denied negligence.

Counsel for Peter Mark said Ms Dunne had been seated at the basin for not more than 20 minutes.

The court was told Ms Dunne, of Holywell Dale, Feltrim Road, Swords, Co Dublin, had not complained to staff on the day.

Shortly after Ms Dunne had given her evidence, Mr Martin-Smith told the court the matter had been "resolved" and asked that it be put back for mention.

Judge Alan Mahon adjourned the case for two weeks to allow the court to further deal with the matter.

Irish Independent

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