Posted: December 18th, 2019
€44,000 cap park accident compensation has been award to a prominent young athlete at the Circuit Civil Court after she broke a bone in her right foot
The injury to Sophia Crawford went unnoticed for a number of weeks and the girl had the agony of walking for weeks on an undetected broken bone.
Legal representative for the 15-year-old girl Crawford, Barrister Breffni Gordon, informed presiding Judge John O’Connor that an x-ray of her foot had been completed after the accident that occurred in Drury Street Car Park in Dublin in 2016. However, the scan had not identified any bone injury.
Mr Gordon told the court that Sophia had been taken by her father Gerard Crawford to Royal Bahrain Hospital while on holiday following complaints of further pain. During a subsequent MRI scan it was discovered that she had a fractured fifth metatarsal in her right foot.
Child Consultant Antoinette D’Alton submitted a medical saying that Sophia had experienced a massive amount of suffering due to the accident which occurred when she tripped on an open drain shore at the Drury Street Car Park. Through her mother Amanda Crawford, Sophia took a legal action against Park Rite, owners and operators of Drury Street Multi-Storey Car Park in Dublin’s city centre.
Mr Gordon told the judge that said Sophia was a prominent athlete and had played hockey and tennis for her school and was also participating in sailing.
He informed Judge O’Connor that the Personal Injuries Board had assessed her claim for compensation at €43,763 and he was advising that the court accept the offer made by the car park’s insurance providers.
Following this Judge O’Connor approved the settlement with costs in favour of the claimant.