Assault Compensation Made Following Neighbour Attack
The Circuit Civil Court has awarded a man, who was struck in the face by his neighbour, assault compensation for a scar following an assault in the amount of 9,000 Euros.
Mr Justice Matthew Deery was told that Andrew McDermott (48) of Walkinstown, Dublin, had answered the front door to his neighbour – Barry Matthews – in July 2009; only for Matthews to punch Andrew McDermott in the face in response to allegations McDermott had made relating to bullying between their two sons.
The court was informed that McDermott was detained in hospital overnight and had six stitches inserted into a 1.5cm laceration on his lip. When the stitches weretaken out, a scar had developed which was visible to the casual onlooker and which – it was claimed in court – had made a significant difference to McDermott´s quality of life.
Mr Justice Matthew Deery was also informed that liability had been accepted in the claim and that the case was before him for the assessment of compensation for a scar following an assault. Stating that it had been a very unfortunate incident, the judge awarded McDermott 9,000 Euros assault compensation against his neighbour.