‘Fair City’ actress sues over injuries

A former Fair City actress, who suffered injuries while filming a scene for the show, has settled for an undisclosed sum a €38,000 damages claim against RTÉ in the circuit civil court.

Rebecca Smith, who played Annette Daly in Fair City, claimed she was injured while filming a scene on November 24, 2008.

Smith, of Killiney Towers, Co Dublin, had alleged the accident happened near Mount Merrion Church in Dublin when she was a passenger in a car driven by a stunt man employed by RTÉ.

She had not been aware that the scene would require the driver to brake violently. She had been thrown forward and then backward. She said RTÉ should have provided a stunt double. Smith claimed she felt immediate pain in her neck and upper back, which later extended to her right arm and fingers. She had been taken to a VHI Swiftcare Clinic.

She said she had difficulty afterwards moving her cervical spine. She felt numbness and tingling in her right arm, index finger and thumb on an ongoing basis.

Smith claimed she had a problem sleeping on her right side and discomfort in her neck. She had been out of work for a week and sued RTÉ for negligence.

Brendan Hennessy, counsel for Smith, told circuit court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke yesterday the court could strike out her claim.

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