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Woman who struggles to play ukulele after injuring finger is awarded €18,500

Her finger was pierced by a sharp piece of metal under a chair in a restaurant.

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A 60-YEAR-OLD housewife, who claims she has difficulties playing the ukulele since her left ring finger was pierced by a sharp piece of metal under a chair in a restaurant, has been awarded €18,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Pauline Murray told the court that on 12 September 2015 she went to Little Caesar’s Palace restaurant on Balfe Street, Dublin, before attending a matinee performance at the Gaiety Theatre.

She today told her barrister, Karen Nolan, that she was assigned a table by a waiter. When she had put her hand underneath her chair to pull it in, she had felt “something like a punch” on her fingertip.

Murray, formerly of Old Abbey Manor, Great Connell, Newbridge, Co Kildare, but who now lives in Germany, said her finger, which was bleeding heavily, was very painful. She had been greatly distressed and in shock.

Nolan, who appeared with Moloney & Co Solicitors, said Murray was attended to by a waiter who applied first aid to her finger. A medicine student who was present in the restaurant had advised that she should be taken to hospital.

Emergency department 

Judge Jacqueline Linnane was told Murray later attended the emergency department of St James’s Hospital where a deep laceration to her nail plate was cleaned and dressed. X-rays had later revealed that she also suffered a crush fracture to the top of her finger.

Murray said she felt pain in her finger for several months after the incident. She said she still experiences numbness in her fingertip. She had just started taking ukulele lessons at the time and has ongoing difficulties playing the instrument.

Barrister Shane English, who appeared with Crowley Millar Solicitors for restaurant owner Little Caesar’s Palace Limited, told the court the defendant had admitted liability and the case had now become one of assessment of damages.

Judge Linnane awarded Murray €18,500 in damages, along with her legal costs.

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