A girl from Dublin is to receive 20,000 Euros in compensation for in a scar injury claim after she tripped and fell into a hole dug by a local construction company.
Kodie Geoghegan Dowdall (now 12), was just seven years of age when, in December 2006, she tripped and fell into the hole while on her way to visit her aunt. Despite receiving medical treatment for her scar injuries, Kodie developed a scar which didn’t heal and, through her mother, made an accident injury compensation claim against the construction company – SIAC Construction .
SIAC Construction denied responsibility for Kodie´s accident, however they made an offer of compensation for scar injury without admission of liability. In the Circuit Civil Court, Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that the offer of 20,000 Euros would be enough compensation for Kodie to receive appropriate treatment once she turned eighteen to have the scar removed.
Approving the compensation claim for scar injury, Mr Justice Matthew Deery ordered the funds to be paid into court – a normal procedure in child accident compensation claims – until such time as Kodie is old enough to have the revision surgery performed.