A seven-year-old boy has been awarded €20,000 in compensation following an accident at a shopping centre. The boy, Conor Askin, lacerated his eyebrow after walking into a bollard at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.
Conor’s claim was based on the fact that there was inadequate lighting at a taxi rank at the shopping centre where the bollard was placed directly next to a pedestrian footpath. The bollards had been in place since 1996 and were designed to stop motorists parking on the pathways.
Conor was walking on the footpath on the night of 20th November 2012 with his mother and brother when he caught his eyebrow on the bollard. He was taken immediately to the emergency room but has been left with an inch-long scar.
In making the award, Judge Groarke said;
“Firstly there was an edge to the bollard and a child coming in contact with it was likely to sustain an injury,”
“Children are more entitled to the protection of the law than anybody else, and the presence of an edge was an accident waiting to happen in itself.”
The court concluded that the shopping centre had not taken adequate care to alert users of the footpath to the bollards.
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We handle every aspect of your claim: the gathering of evidence; interviewing witnesses; engaging with the relevant organisation or public body; and representing your interests during negotiations for financial settlement or, when necessary, in Court. Our team is very familiar with the processes involved in proving negligence in the Court system. If you have been injured as a result of an accident at a shopping centre, legal assistance is available.