A young girl has received €21,000 in compensation for an injury she sustained after a hotel pool injury which left her with a permanent facial scar.
Emma Olteanu (now six years of age) was brought swimming in the Clarion Hotel in Clondalkin by her father, Marius, in October 2014. The young girl was given special socks to wear so as to prevent her from slipping on wet tiles beside the pool, but in spite of this, Emma tripped on the worn edge of a pool mat and fell. She hit her chin against the side of the pool, and sustained a deep laceration to her face.
Emma’s father immediately brought her to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght. Medical staff cleaned Emma’s wound and stitched it closed. However, due to the extent of the injury, Emma was left with a two-centimetre long scar on her chin, of which she is very aware, according to her parents.
On behalf of Emma, Marius made a claim for a hotel pool injury against Kingsoak Taverns Ltd-who were trading as Clarion Hotels. Marius claimed that his daughter’s injury was due to negligence on the part of the hotel, as the mat beside the pool was clearly very worn and not fit for purpose. The defendants admitted liability, and a €21,000 settlement was negotiated for the young girl.
As the claim was made on behalf of a child, the settlement was brought to court to be approved by a judge to ensure that it was in Emma’s best interests. Mr Justice Raymond Groarke of the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin heard the claim, and was presented with the circumstances surrounding the young girl’s accident.
The judge approved the sum, and ordered that it be paid into court funds in an interest-bearing account until Emma reaches the age of eighteen, unless it is to be withdrawn for Emma’s education or medical needs.