€25,000 Compensation For A Scar On The Foot Of Aspiring Model

A 15-year-old student, who is registered to a national modelling agency, has been awarded €25,000 damages for a “mildly disfiguring” scar on her foot.

Barrister Elizabeth Enright told a judge yesterday that broken tiles under the water line in a swimming pool had acted like a potato peeler when Shonagh Molloy kicked off from the wall while making a turn.

Ms Enright said the potato-peeling effect had lacerated the heel of the student’s right foot down to the tendons and she had to be taken to Temple Street children’s hospital. Sutures had been applied under local anaesthetic and taken out after a week.

The court heard the student was registered to a modelling agency and was self-conscious about the scar, which changed colour and texture in varying temperatures.

Doctors said that while the scar would be permanent it would constitute only a mildly disfiguring blemish, which the plaintiff preferred to keep covered.

However her future on the catwalk would not be adversely affected as she walked normally.


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