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Workplace Accident that Smashed Woman’s Front Teeth Results in €16,500 Compensation Award

After a workplace accident involved a collision with a door that smashed fours of her front teeth, IT worker Roseanna MacDonald has been awarded more than €16,500 personal injury compensation at the Circuit Civil Court. Despite being held partly to blame for the incident that occurred at her place of work, Brightwater Selection, Judge Justice Dara Hayes awarded Ms McDonald – who has an address at Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 – was being awarded the compensation due to the injuries she sustained. As he was confirming the award, Justice [...]

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Unaccompanied learner driver loses appeal against compensation rejection

An unaccompanied learner driver who claimed she crashed because of an oil spill on a road has lost an appeal against a High Court decision rejecting her claim for compensation. Kellie Quinlivan’s action over the oil spill was one of three she took over road accidents in the last 12 years and the first in which she lost. The 30-year-old care assistant from Assumption Park, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, secured €20,000 over a 2010 accident and €50,000 over a 2018 accident. In both she sustained soft tissue injuries. The oil spill [...]

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HIGH COURT ACTION SETTLED FOR €135,000 IN FAVOUR OF DEAD WOMAN’S FAMILY

The Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) and the family of a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident have settled a compensation action in the High Court for €135,000 The court was informed that the driver of the car did not stop, fled the scene and is still untrace. He (the untraced driver) struck mother of one Caroline Watkins (40)fatally struck with his/her car while she was crossing the road at the Goldenbridge Luas stop on Davitt Road, Drimnagh, Dublin on May 30, 2014. The legal action alleged [...]

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COFFEE ACCIDENT COMPENSATION SETTLEMENT OF €41,000 APPROVED FOR BOY (5)

A coffee shop compensation claim action has been approved at the High Court €41,000 due to baby being allowed to pull a bowl of hot soup on top of himself in a coffee shop and sustained major burns. The boy, Otto Devine, was aged just six months when the accident occurred, leaving the boy with superficial scald burns to his arms and legs at a coffee shop at the Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin. The accident occurred when the boy was with his father and grandfather on May 10, 2015. The [...]

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TREE STUMP ACCIDENT LEADS TO €55,000 INJURY COMPENSATION AWARD FOR BOY

A boy who cut his knee – when he was attending an Art Camp in Dundrum, Dublin – during a fall on a tree stump at a has had a compensation settlement of €55,000 approved in the High Court. Just ten years old when the accident in question took place, Diarmuid O’Connor is now 15 and took the legal action via his mother Jacinta O’Connor of Ashton Avenue, Knocklyon, Dublin, against Artzone Ltd, the operators of an art camp at Taney Parish Hall, Dundrum, Dublin during February 2016 The accident [...]

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WITNESS TO ROAD CRASH AWARDED €87,000 IN PTSD COMPENSATION CLAIM

A PTSD compensation award of €87,000 has been approved for a woman who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to seeing a partly decapitated body of a motorist when she arrived at the scene of a road traffic accident. The woman in question, Lisa Sheehan, began to experience moderately severe PTSD and had to resign from her hairdressing job two years after the accident took place. She did not believe that she was in a position to continue with her duties. From Banteer in north Cork, 36-year-old married mother [...]

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BROKEN GLASS ACCIDENT LEADS TO €50,000 INADEQUATE SAFETY TRAINING COMPENSATION FOR WAITRESS BY COURT

A waitress who suffered a hand injury after a glass she was polishing broke has been awarded €50,000 work injury compensation at the Circuit Civil Court. It was ruled that 24-year-old former waitress Daniela Tricolici should have been given adequate safety training in relation to polishing wine glasses by her them employers Ravellos Restaurant in Clonsilla in 2015. Presiding Judge John O’Connor said in awarding Ms Tricolici €25,000 damages and her legal costs that: “I am satisfied on the balance of probability that the defendant in this case was negligent. There [...]

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REVISED WHIPLASH INJURY COMPENSATION AWARD OF €41,000 FOR WOMAN

A woman has had her personal injury compensations award in relation to the whiplash injuries she sustained in a road traffic accident revised to €41,000 by the Court of Appeal. The decision was made at a hearing this week to review that car accident compensation award of approximately €70,000 which received High Court Approval in December 2019. Following a hearing at the time Emma McKeown was awarded the damages due to the injuries she experienced in a road traffic accident that occured a number of years earlier. The defendants in [...]

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TIE PIN ACCIDENT INJURY RESULTS IN €12,000 WORK INJURY COMPENSATION AWARD FOR GARDA

€12,000 workplace injury compensation has been awarded to a garda whose forearm was injured during a fighting incident by a colleague’s tiepin at the High Court. Legal counsel for Garda Nadine Keane Barrister Maria Lane informed the High Court that her client was in the process of assisting another garda restrain two men involved in a fight outside Ennis Courthouse when the tiepin in question hit her right forearm, inflicting a serious injury. Appearing with O’Gorman Solicitors, Ms Keane infirmed presiding Judge Justice Mary Rose Gearty that Garda Keane had [...]

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Banned driver (35) is ‘a changed man since birth of his grandchild’

AN UNINSURED driver who repeatedly flouted road traffic laws is a changed man since the birth of his granddaughter seven months ago, a court heard. Robert Dawson (35) was now a full-time carer for his grandchild, his lawyer said, had detoxed from drugs and was focused on keeping his life on the straight and narrow. Judge Gerard Jones said Dawson was a danger on the roads, adding that he had been disqualified from driving for 10 years and was still out and about in a car without a care. Judge [...]

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Husband of Anne Colomines found guilty of her murder

Renato Gehlen displayed the ‘ultimate in toxic masculinity’ after being told she wanted a divorce A man has been convicted of murdering his wife in Dublin in 2017 in a crime the prosecution described as the “ultimate in toxic masculinity” as he wanted to control the end of their marriage. The 12 jurors took just 2½ hours to unanimously reject Renato Gehlen’s defence that Anne Colomines (37) stabbed herself to death after they fought about her having met “another man”. The prosecution had said Gehlen’s account was “ridiculous” and “insulting” [...]

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State fails to overturn award to asylum seeker over unlawful detention

The Garda Commissioner and State have failed to overturn an award of €7,500 compensatory damages made to an asylum seeker over being unlawfully detained for 26 days. The three-judge Court of Appeal dismissed the appellants’ core argument that an unlawfully detained person can be refused compensatory damages if it can be shown, had they not been unlawfully detained, they could and would have been lawfully detained. Such an account of the law misinterprets the elements of the tort of false imprisonment and failed to afford sufficient weight to the [...]

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Court overturns €56,000 award to woman who lost fingertip after door shut on it

The Court of Appeal has overturned an award of €56,250 damages to a woman whose little finger tip was ultimately amputated after a door used by her to exit a pub after hours slammed shut on it. Michelle McGeoghan, St Teresa’s Terrace, Bruckless, Co Donegal sued Christopher Kelly, owner of McLaughlin’s bar in Dunkineely, Co Donegal; and also sued Martin McBrearty and Pauric McInern, who had taken a one-year lease of the premises, over the incident which occurred at about 2.30am on August 6th, 2012. The High Court’s Mr Justice Charles Meenan awarded a [...]

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Lockdown highlights extent of domestic violence, McEntee says

“We’ve asked people to stay at home for the best part of a year. While for me home is a safe place and a sanctuary, for a lot of people we know it’s not,” Ms McEntee said. Lockdown had exacerbated the problem of domestic violence, much as it has in other European countries, she said. On average, more than 2,000 women and 500 children a month received support from domestic violence services from March to December 2020. This includes 6,000 women and 1,100 children who sought support for the [...]

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