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Woman Awarded Compensation for a Black Eye Injury

Posted: December 10th, 2013

A woman has been awarded compensation for a black eye injury that was suffered when she volunteered to participate in a case study for an acupuncture clinical training treatment.

Bernadette Poleon (45) from Dunboyne in County Meath was a student at the University College Dublin when, in April 2010, she volunteered to take part in a clinical acupuncture training course that was being held at the Irish Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ranelagh, Dublin.

During the training course, a student of acupuncture inserted a needle below each of Bernadette´s eyes – the needle under the right eye later being adjusted by the course supervisor – and, later that day, Bernadette´s left eye became puffy. Within two days the eye was yellow and black and looked as though Bernadette had suffered a black eye injury.

The skin around the eye remained puffy and tender for only several days, but the black bruising did not disappear entirely for seven weeks. Although Bernadette´s eye injury subsequently made a full recovery, she also developed a sinus problem for which she is receiving treatment from her GP.

Bernadette made a claim for compensation for a black eye injury against the owners of the Institute – Bellfields Consultants Ltd – which the defendants contested. However, at the Circuit Civil Court, Judge Jacqueline Linnane was told that liability had been accepted, and the case was before her for the assessment of damages only.

After hearing how the injury had occurred, and the embarrassment it had caused Bernadette, Judge Linnane awarded Bernadette €6,000 compensation for a black eye injury and costs at District Court level.

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