Following an accident at a Dublin pharmacy, when he cut his eye off a shelf, a two year old boy has been awarded €22,000 personal injury compensation.
Ross Pickering of Merrion Park, South Hill Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, had been at Bradley’s Chemist with his mother on 14th July, 2014, when the unfortunate accident took place, Judge John O’ Connor was informed.
Representing the young boy who sued through his mother Marie-Claire Greenan, Barrister Samantha Cruess- Callaghan informed the judge that Ross had been taken to the Emergency Department of Crumlin Hospital for medical attention following the accident.
Ms Cruess- Callaghan informed the Judge that medical team treating Ross for a laceration to his right upper eyelid, measuring approximately three centimetres. It had been cleaned by applying antiseptic and was found to be found to be only superficial. Two weeks later the child was checked once more to have his steri-strips removed, there was no bleeding or signs of infection to Ross’s injury at the time and the wound had rehabilitated well. She informed the court that the child’s mother was that if there had been any concerns nine months after the accident occurred, then Ross could seek advice from a specialist plastic surgeon.
During Ross’ one year-check a plastic and reconstructive surgeon noted that Ross had a scar measuring 1cm by 3mm above his right eye, slightly red in colour and visible from a close distance away. His opinion had been that the scar had was still immature and would go on healing in the next 18 months when it would turn white in colour.
The boy’s family was taking the action against Siofra Limited and L’oreal (Uk) Limited trading as La Roche Posay due to the injuries he sustained during the accident.
When the accident occurred at the pharmacy the child had bent down to pick something up from the floor . However, when he had stood up he caught the bottom of his right eye on a sharp item located on a La Roche Posay display shelf.
Ms Cruess- Callaghan told the court that she recommended the proposed child injury compensation settlement €22,000, saying that it was her belief that this figure represents the value of Ross’s legal action.
Judge O’ Connor said that he gave his approval for the compensation settlement offer from Siofra Limited and L’oreal (UK) Limited trading as La Roche Posay (third party).