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International darts player 'continued playing after saying work in Tesco had damaged her hand'

The woman had claimed she was improperly trained.
Nov 30th 2015, 7:10 PM 22,629 28

AN INTERNATIONAL SOFT darts player, who claimed she suffered ongoing pain in her right hand following an injury at work in a Tesco store, took part in a darts championship tournament shortly after the accident, a court has heard.

Ewa Janowicz told the Circuit Civil Court that in August 2013, she had been pulling a cage at Tesco Rathfarnham, Dublin, when it became trapped against a ridge and toppled on her.

Today she told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she had to leave work because of pain in her back, right hand, arm and shoulder. She had left work early to attend a VHI Swiftcare clinic.

Janowicz (30), of Ticknock Park, Sandyford, Dublin, a married mother who is originally from Poland, had re-attended the clinic two days later, complaining of pain in her right hand and arm.

She had been off work for two weeks and had then been on holiday in Poland in September. She had returned to work for a few days before going on sick leave for several weeks.

Janowicz claimed she had not been trained adequately and sued Tesco Ireland Ltd for negligence. The store denied liability and claimed Janowicz had been the author of her own misfortune.

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When Judge Groarke heard that Janowicz had taken part in a soft darts world championship in September 2013 during her holiday in Poland, he adjourned the case to allow talks between the parties.

Following a brief adjournment Judge Groarke was told that Janowisz’s claim had been settled for an undisclosed sum but that she had withdrawn the part of her claim that sought special damages of €7,300 for loss of earnings.

Judge Groarke was asked not to make any order regarding legal costs.

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