Injury Compensation News

Child Awarded Injury Compensation for Tripping on Pavement

May 5, 2012

A twelve year old girl has been awarded 20,000 Euros in Dublin´s Circuit Civil Court as injury compensation for tripping on pavement and sustaining a permanent cut from her accident.

Kodie Geoghegan Dowdall, from Ballymun in Dublin, was just seven years of age when the accident occurred in December 2006 as she was on the way to visiting her aunt who lived close by. Passing by a construction site managed by SIAC Construction of Clondalkin, Dublin, Kodie tripped and fell into a hole dug by the construction company.

Kodie suffered cuts and bruises in the accident, one of which became a permanent scar. Through her mother, Kodie brought a tripped on pavement compensation claim against SIAC Construction and, though they denied liability for her injuries, an offer of compensation for tripping on pavement was made without admission of liability.

In the Circuit Civil Court, Mr Justice Matthew Deery was told that the proposed settlement was sufficient to restructure the scar when Kodie turns eighteen years of age and, as all compensation settlements for minors in Ireland have to be endorsed by a judge, Mr Justice Matthew Deery approved the compensation for tripping on pavement agreement.

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