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A 23-year-old Dublin woman has successfully claimed bus injury compensation after she hit her head on the roof of a Dublin Bus when it mounted a speed ramp too quickly in the grounds of Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown in April 2006.

The injury left Ciara Whelan from Drumcondra, Dublin unable to catch her breath or speak in the immediate aftermath of the event. Mr Justice John Quirke at the High Court was told that she was hospitalised for eight ays and had to wear a neck brace for three months.

The judge awarded the victim €121,493 in bus injury compensation.

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A female Garda officer who was struck during the arrest of an aggressive man has been awarded €60,000 in compensation in the High Court.

38-year-old Martina Gallagher of Castleblayney, County Monaghan sustained the injury to her ribs and abdomen during the apprehension of a man who had thrown a bottle at members of the public in June 2000.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine described the Garda as ‘very brave’ and awarded her € 59,530 in compensation.

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A former Garda has been awarded €40,000 in compensation after he sustained neck and arm injuries in the apprehension of a motorbike thief.

59-year-old Eamonn Fitzgerald of Cork was tossed head-over-heels onto some concrete steps by the thief. The victim suffered injuries to his neck, left arm and shoulder and was unable to work for six weeks.

After hearing about his ordeal Ms Justice Mary Irvine awarded Mr Fitzgerald €40,000 in compensation which will be paid by the Minister for Finance.

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A three-year-old girl has been awarded €20,000 for a severed finger compensation claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

Roisin Longo of South Finglas had her fingertip sliced off when she was two years old in the hinge mechanism of her MacLaren Techno XT at the Mellow Spring Childcare Development Centre in Finglas West. Claiming on behalf of her daughter Ms Elaine Deans sought compensation from MacLaren Europe Limited, of Northampton, England.

Although the company did not accept liability for the injury they made a settlement offer of €20,000 which the claimant accepted and Mr Justice Matthew Deery approved.

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A 14-year-old Dublin girl has been awarded €10,000 in compensation after she was kicked beneath the jaw by a shop security man.

Kirsty Hogan was passing the entrance of the Spar Shop in Cumberland Road, Dublin, in October 2008 when shop security man Patrick Okorie, attempted to stop Kirsty to obtain her telephone number in relation to an alleged previous incident in the shop.The victim claimed she was assaulted in the argument that ensued.

Judge Joseph Mathews accepted the victim’s account of events and the award of €10,000 was made against the store’s owner Raymond Conboy.

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A 38-yer-old man who suffered serious and permanent damage to his face has been awarded €80,000 compensation for a Facial Work Injury.

Mr Justice John MacMenamin heard in the High Court that Keith Dowling of Kildangan, County Kildare was almost fatally injured when a steel wedge, being used to secure the ballast weight on his trailer, shot from its mounting causing serious damage to Mr Dowling’s face.

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An engineer, who sustained a broken leg after being attacked during a soccer match by a University professor, has agreed to €100,000 in compensation in a civil settlement.

Dr Frederic Royall (53) punched Mr Hooman Reyhani (43) in the face during a six-a-side soccer game, causing him to fall awkwardly and fracture his leg in two places.

Judge Carroll Moran described the negligent party’s actions as ‘disgraceful’ in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court and heard that a €100,000 compensation settlement had been agreed.

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A seven-year old girl who suffered years of post-traumatic stress when a bicycle fell from a shelf 14 feet above her head in a Smyths toy shop has had a claim for compensation for post-traumatic stress approved in court.
Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, heard in the Civil Court that Katie Campbell had suffered nightmares and showed signs of anxiety ever since the incident which occurred when she was two.
Smyths Toys Ltd offered €10,000 in compensation which the family agreed to and the judge approved in court.

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A 54-year-old supermarket shopper from Rathfarnham, Co Dublin and her niece have been awarded €20,000 in damages each for false imprisonment and defamation of character after they were stopped and detained by members of a G4S security team operating on behalf of Dunnes Stores.
The incident which occurred in September 2007 saw the pair searched in full public view, brought back into the Dunnes Stores store, and spoken to by Gardai. After the Gardai had confirmed that all of the items in the pairs’ bags had been paid for, they were allowed to leave.
The security guards defended themselves by sawing that they were only adhering to Dunnes Stores’ policy.

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The State Claims Agency has said that it has already paid out 20% more in compensation for medical claims this year than it did in all of 2009. The Agency said that it has already paid out €59.9m in compensation this year, compared to €48m in the whole of 2009.
Around 10% of people who are admitted to hospital suffer an “adverse event” the Minister for Health Mary Harney said. “Many of them are systematic failings and many of them are avoidable,” Harney said.
Harney also unveiled some new measures she hopes will help to improve patient safety – among them are draft healthcare standards developed by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

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A pregnant woman has won a discrimination court case taken against the Comfort Inn Parnell Square hotel after being selected for redundancy. Denise Blatt, who was a general manager before leaving the hotel, argued that she had been treated less favourably by the hotel because of she had two pregnancies over a space of around a year and eight months.
Blatt said that she had received pay rises and bonuses prior to telling her employer that she was pregnant, after which she received a letter criticising her job performance.

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A man from Oldcastle, Co Meath has settled his case for a severed arm which happened while the vehicle he was driving was hit by a truck. Sean Geraghty settled the case he took to the High Court, claiming that truck driver Edward Gavin had caused the personal injury on the Oldcastle – Ballyjamesduff road. Geraghty sued for negligence and breach of duty of care.
Edward Gavin denied all knowledge of the incident.
The case was settled outside of court.

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The estate of a drunk driver who was allowed to drive his car intoxicated by his publican, has sued publicans Concepta and Seamus Kelly for allowing him to get in his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The estate of John Connolly decided to take the claim after he was killed while driving home from the pub three times over the legal alcohol limit.
The accident, which happened in late afternoon, occurred after Connolly had been drinking at the Diamond Bar in Tullaghan, Co Leitrim since mid-morning.
Another party involved in the car crash which killed Connolly, Mary Flanagan, settled her claim for minor injuries for €250,000.

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The Health and Safety Authority has published a new guide aimed at preventing slips, trips and falls. Stop Slips, Trips and Falls – Get A Grip will provide employers with information on how to reduce the amount of workplace injuries which happen on their premises, and to prevent accidents happening in the future.
Although slips, trips and falls may seem like minor injuries compared to those involving heavy machinery, around 20% of workers who suffer a slip, trip or fall at work remain absent for more than one month. The also account for half of all injuries made by the Injuries Board Ireland.

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