A High Court judge has approved a €150,000 settlement of compensation for being attacked by a dog in favour of a twelve year old girl.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross heard how Lauren Kelly from Abbeylara in County Longford was playing “hunting the wren” with family and friends on 26th December 2011, when she came across a Rottweiler that had escaped from its home by jumping over a wall and was roaming the streets.
The Rottweiler attacked Lauren – causing her to sustain neck and shoulder injuries and twenty-six puncture wounds to her upper right arm. Lauren escaped worse injury when her mother and friends jumped on the dog to stop it “tossing Lauren around like a rag doll”.
Lauren was taken immediately to hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. Lauren subsequently had to undergo multiple skin grafts surgeries, which have left her permanently scarred, and she now has to wear a protective medical sleeve whenever she goes swimming to prevent infections.
Lauren made a claim for compensation for being attacked by a dog through her parents – Michael and Marcella Kelly – claiming that the owner of the Rottweiler – William Crawford also of Abbeylara, County Longford – had been negligent by having inadequate measures in place to stop the dog from escaping.
The claim for compensation was initially contested, but a settlement of compensation for being attacked by a dog was subsequently agreed amounting to €150,000. As Lauren is still a legal minor, settlement of her claim had to be approved by a judge.
Consequently, at the High Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the circumstances of the attack and the injuries that Lauren had sustained. He heard how Lauren had suffered nightmares after the attack and was still scared of big dogs.
The judge approved the €150,000 settlement of compensation for being attacked by a dog, which will be held by the court in an interest-bearing account until Lauren is eighteen years of age. Lauren´s patents will be able to access the settlement by application to the court if Lauren requires further medical attention as a result of the attack.