A woman who sued her partner's parents after she lost an eye in a household accident is entitled to €200,000 damages, the Court of Appeal ruled.
Elaine Newman (32) had lost a High Court action arising out of the accident at the home of Marie and Patrick Cogan at Delganstown, Delvin, Co Westmeath, on June 22, 2007.
She appealed that decision.
In a unanimous judgment, a three-judge Court of Appeal overturned that decision and said she was entitled to €200,000.
Ms Newman's eye was catastrophically damaged when her partner, Emmett Cogan, fell and a piece of frozen meat in his hand hit and smashed a glass panels in a door. This caused pieces of glass to hit her eye.
Ms Newman, originally from Mullingar, claimed Mr and Mrs Cogan failed, under the Occupiers Liability Act 1995, to take reasonable care to ensure that she (Newman) as a visitor to the house did not suffer injury by reason of any existing danger.