Schoolgirl awarded €40,000 damages after dislocating her knee on cinema cup holder.

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Schoolgirl awarded €40,000 damages after dislocating her knee on cinema cup holder. An eight-year-old schoolgirl, who dislocated a knee when she fell in a cinema has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court for personal injuries. Counsel for the girl told the court that she had tripped on an uneven floor surface in the Cinema. The barrister went on to say the girl had been taken by ambulance to Hospital where an X-ray revealed her left kneecap had been dislocated. The kneecap had been re-located during surgery under sedation. Counsel told Judge Francis Comerford that the girls left leg had been placed in a cast for several weeks and she had missed school for some of that time. She had undergone a series of physiotherapy treatments. Counsel informed the Court the girl has recovered well, and she pointed out to the court that the Injuries Board Book of Quantum valued such an injury between €28,000 and €56,000. Counsel said that while liability had not been formally admitted the €40,000 settlement had been agreed in talks prior to today’s court application. Judge Comerford approved the settlement together with costs.