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Pharmacy Accident Compensation of €22,000 Awarded to Boy (2)

Posted on: November 13th, 2019

At the Circuit Civil Court a two-year-old child, who cut his right eye off a sharp object on a shelf in a Co Dublin pharmacy, has been awarded €22,000 personal injury compensation.

Judge John O’ Connor was informed that 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.

Barrister Samantha Cruess- Callaghan, counsel for Ross, who sued through his mother Marie-Claire Greenan, told the court that following the accident, Ross had been taken to the Emergency Department of Crumlin Hospital for medical attention.

Ms Cruess- Callaghan informed the Judge that medics treated Ross for a laceration to his right upper eyelid, measuring approximately three centimetres. It had been cleaned using an anti-septic technique and was found to be superficial. Two weeks later the child was reviewed again 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 healed well. She said the child’s mother had been informed that if there had been any concerns nine months post-accident, then Ross could seek advice from a plastic surgeon.

On his one year-check up to review the wound with a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon,  it was noted that Ross had a scar measuring 1cm by 3mm above his right eye, slightly red in colour and visible from a conversational distance. His opinion had been that the scar had still been immature and would continue to heal in the next 18 months when it would become white in colour.

The boy’s family was taking the  personal injury compensation action against Siofra Limited and L’oreal (UK) Limited trading as La Roche Posay due to the injuries he suffered.

The accident occurred when the child had stooped down to pick something up off the floor . However, when he had stood up he caught the underside of his right eye on a sharp item located on a La Roche Posay display shelf.

Ms Cruess- Callaghan recommended the proposed personal injury compensation settlement €22,000, saying that it was her belief that this figure represents the value of Ross’s case.

Judge O’ Connor approved the offer from Siofra Limited and L’oreal (Uk) Limited trading as La Roche Posay (third party).



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