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€35,000 for child who cut face in fall at Tesco

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Tesco in Wexford

Tesco in Wexford

Tesco in Wexford

A child who received a bad cut to the face in a fall at the Tesco store in Wexford town received €35,000 in the local circuit court last week.

Suing through her father, Thomas Berry, of 67 Rose Hill, Wicklow, Eileen Berry had brought a civil action against Tesco Ireland Ltd., arising from the incident on November 5, 2008.

Barrister James Peart, for the Berrys, said at the time of the incident the child was aged one year and four months.

She tripped and fell, hitting her head against the end of a metal bar, resulting in a very serious laceration to her right eyebrow and upper right eyelid.

Mr. Peart said the child was running around when the family was visiting the store at Distillery Road.

She fell against a clothes rack on which one of the legs was missing a safety rubber cap.

The toddler was taken to Wexford General Hospital where the injuries were cleaned up and stitched under general anaesthetic.

He said that medical reports indicated that the scar may need further attention in later years. The scar is underneath the eyebrow, but in cold weather may have some discolouring, he added.

Mr. Peart said they were happy with the offer of €35,000.

Judge Karen Fergus approved the offer and also granted €893 special damages, with costs.

Wexford People