Judge rejects €12k offer of settlement for girl, 4

A judge refused a €12,500 settlement offer to a four-year-old who will be scarred for life after her hand became trapped in the lift doors at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Judge rejects €12k offer of settlement for girl, 4

Judge Petria McDonnell heard in the Circuit Civil Court that, in November 2011, Juliette Croke was with her aunt and granny at the centre, at Spencer Dock, North Wall, when she suffered a crush injury to her middle and ring fingers, resulting in skin loss to both.

Barrister Noel Cosgrove said the incident had been very traumatic for Juliette, who was just over a year old at the time. She had been taken to a VHI Swiftcare Clinic where her wounds were cleaned and dressed. Her dressings had needed to be changed several times during the following month.

Juliette, of Willbrook Estate, Whitechurch Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin, developed an overgrowth of skin to her ring finger which had later resolved itself. The wounds had left visible permanent scars on her fingers.

Through her mother, Addie Croke, Juliette sued Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin Ltd and Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin (No2) Ltd, for negligence.

Mr Cosgrove said liability was not an issue and the defendants had made a €12,500 settlement offer, including €1,350 for fees and expenses.

Counsel said he feared the figure was not enough and he was not recommending acceptance of it to the court.

Judge McDonnell refused the offer and the matter was adjourned for a full hearing, at a date to be fixed later.

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