Physiotherapist awarded €19k over fall on road

A 25-YEAR-OLD physiotherapist who claimed she had tripped on a “lip” on the road in Foxrock, has been awarded €19,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Avril Lambe, of Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange, Dublin, told the court that on the July 16, 2008, she had been using the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Clonkeen Road and Kill Lane, Foxrock, when the accident happened.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that a lip on the roadway had caused her to trip and fall, fracturing her left elbow.

Ms Lambe said she had been training as a physiotherapist in 2008 and had been physio to a local football club. The injury had interfered with her training and part-time duties for several weeks.

She sued Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and also Siac Construction Ltd, a building company that had been working on a portion of the roadway at the time, for negligence.

Mr Justice Deery said he was satisfied experts had established the lip had been caused by the way the road had been surfaced on an earlier occasion. He dismissed the claim against Siac Construction, of Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, and awarded Ms Lambe €19,000 damages against the county council.

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