Case Study

Footpath Injury

Case Type: Accident in a Public Place
Injury: Right and left knees
Settled by: Ruth Foy
Settled on: 14th July, 2022
Footpath Injury

Case summary:


One day Anna was out for a stroll and went to walk along a footpath when suddenly without warning, she was caused to lose her footing and fall to the ground. She suffered a deep cut to her right knee, abrasions to her left knee and to her palms on both hands. Anna was very shaken by the fall; the incident happened in an area that was familiar to her and therefore she was able to call into a nearby hairdressers where they administered first aid and attempted to clean the wound. She went to her GP where the wound was dressed, and she was given a tetanus injection. The wound continued to ooze beneath the dressing causing Anna considerable pain.

An infection developed in Anna’s wound, which required regular visits with her GP and a course of antibiotics, she underwent multiple dressing changes over several weeks. Anna suffered ongoing knee pain following the incident. It is highly likely that the pre-existing knee injury that Anna had was exacerbated by this fall. She was advised by her consultant upon review that she would be a candidate for injection therapy. At work she experienced difficulty carrying heavy files and felt her confidence had been affected by the fall.

Anna has suffered a permanent scar on her right knee, which has affected her clothing choices. During a holiday, Anna experienced a loss in confidence, and she had to be particularly cautious when sunbathing. The scar on the right knee is purple in colour, very obvious and visible. Anna is upset by the appearance of the scar and would prefer not to have it, but she has been advised that the scar is permanent, and it will not improve in the future.

Case Progression

Court proceedings were instigated, and the case was brought to a successful conclusion.

Case Settlement

The case was settled in the Circuit Court in July 2022 for the sum of €17,000.00.

This case was a great success for our client, and we are delighted with the hard work Ruth and her team accomplished to achieve this excellent outcome.

*Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons


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