Posted: March 25th, 2013
A Dunnes Stores sales worker, who suffered lacerations to her thumb from broken glass while removing rubbish, has been awarded €6,050 in shop employee thumb injury compensation.
Boguslawa Dzienia (38) from Galway made her claim for shop assistant thumb injury compensation after sustaining her injury while helping to clear garbage in the drapery stock room at the Dunnes Store Westside in Galway.
Ms Boguslawa told the judge at the Circuit Civil Court that at the time the injury happened she was holding a plastic bag open while a co-worker was putting another rubbish bag inside of it. However, a shard of glass scraped the back of her thumb and she was cut.
The court was informed that Boguslawa had been rushed to Galway University Hospital, where her injury was x-rayed to ensure that there was no glass remaining in the wound, which was cleaned out and shut using glue.
However, Boguslawa had difficulty while writing and holding objects due to her injury and, after seeking legal guidance, she filed a claim for cut thumb at work compensation against her employers, Dunnes Stores.
Dunnes Stores refuted the allegations of negligence and liability for her injuries and contested the claim for a worker thumb injury compensation on the grounds that the medical report had recorded a quarter of an inch laceration which required only minimal care.
On being advised that the cut had healed successfully, and the wound that remained could only be seen on very close inspection, Judge Deery awarded Boguslawa €6,050 in shop employee thumb injury compensation.