Student, 16, awarded €40k damages after Tesco fall

A 16-year-old student, who injured her left knee and back after she slipped and fell in a Tesco store, has been awarded almost €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Student, 16, awarded €40k damages after Tesco fall

Counsel Rory O’Reilly told the court that, in June 2013, Anne Teresa Stokes had been with her mother and two sisters at Tesco, Clearwater Shopping Centre, Finglas, Dublin, when the accident happened.

Mr O’Reilly said that Ms Stokes, who was 14 at the time, slipped on a liquid on the floor and fell on her knee. She had banged the back of her head in the fall.

She was taken by ambulance to Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, where X-rays revealed no fracture. She had suffered soft tissue injuries to her lower back.

Counsel yesterday told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Ms Stokes a suffered from ongoing knee and back pain. Through her father Bernard Stokes, of Barnamore Park, Finglas, she sued Tesco Ireland Ltd for negligence.

Mr O’Reilly said liability was not an issue in the case and Tesco had made a €39,433 offer, following an assessment by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. Judge Groarke approved the offer.

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