€20k damages as lift trapped fingers

A four-year-old schoolgirl, who will be scarred for life after her left hand was trapped in lift doors, was yesterday awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Noel Cosgrove told the court that in November 2011 Juliette Croke attended the Convention Centre, at Spencer Dock, North Wall, Dublin, with her aunt and grandmother when her hand became trapped.

Mr Cosgrove said Juliette suffered a crush injury to her middle and ring fingers. She had been taken to a Vhi Swiftcare Clinic where her wounds were cleaned and dressed.

Counsel told Judge Sarah Berkeley that it had been a traumatic experience for the girl, who was just over a year old at the time.

Juliette suffered pain and swelling in her fingers for several weeks.

Juliette, of Willbrook Estate, Whitechurch Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin, developed an overgrowth of skin to her ring finger which 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 in the case and, last February, the defendants had made a €12,500 settlement offer, which was refused by another circuit court judge.

The case was adjourned to yesterday for a full hearing. Following talks between the parties, counsel yesterday said an increased offer of €21,352, including €1,352 for fees and expenses, had been made on behalf of the defendants. Judge Berkeley approved the offer.

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