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Award payout....the world's gone mad Ted!

  • 19-01-2023 4:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,725 ✭✭✭

    Just reading on breaking news of a court case , a boy aged 5 was playing with his sister supposedly while the washing machine was on with the door open (?) And his jacket zipper caught in the washing machine and broke his arm. He sued through his parents and got 25,000. The washing machine was examined by two different experts and found to be in normal working order. 25,000 awarded without liability declared.

    What's going on Ted?? What next...if a kid runs into a wall ...can he sue the builder?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,107 ✭✭✭T-Maxx

    (Insert witty Fr Ted quote here)

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,893 ✭✭✭✭retalivity

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,722 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    WTactualF? The whole article reads like someone explaining an impossible and unprovable story, and then the last sentence is the Judge saying "Yeah, costs awarded to the poor cratur". That's madness. That's possibly the worst I've heard because it's such a BS story that couldn't even be replicated. Washing machines don't operate with the door open, they just don't without someone deliberately bypassing the security features. They even had the machine tested, twice, and found no problem, but this mad bint of a Judge gives an award anyway! I can't understand it...

    Where was the parents responsibility to be watching their own children in their own house around their own appliances?! It would be one thing if the machine exploded and the child got caught in that, but the machine is in perfect working order... I just can't... Judge should be disbarred, if the above is actually what happened. Even on the balance of probabilities, there's just no way anyone with half a brain could have come to an award conclusion.

    It's a shame the legal profession is so expensive because that should be appealed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,163 ✭✭✭✭BorneTobyWilde

    Surely it was easy to prove a washing machine doesn't work with the door open FFS

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,861 ✭✭✭Augme

    The judge didn't award €25,000. She approved the settlement.

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,819 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    It’s a matter of economics not the law. Twenty five grand does not get you much when you come to a legal defense so it’s cheaper buy them off with it, if they accept it.

    Irish law needs to be brought into line with the civil law the most of Europe has. Under that law you can’t be compensated more that the cost of restoring you to the state you were in before the accident happened. So if the same claim was made here in Switzerland, where we have civil law, the maximum award would be exactly zero - bones heal and medical cost are covered by the state and medical insurance so there is nothing to compensate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,722 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    Noted re: settlement, not award. Still madness there was even an offer though. As others noted, probably cheaper to pay them off instead of fighting it. The article said there was a separate 25K for legal costs against them too, so it cost them €50k, which is still somehow cheaper than contesting it...

    Swiss systems sounds good.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,043 ✭✭✭martinedwards

    Here's some money so we don't need to spend a couple of million through the courts.

    Happens all the time.

    I was getting texts from the back saying my email wasn't getting through.

    I phoned. my email was correct on file

    checked that it wasn't on my blocked list.

    logged an online complaint.

    "Here's £50, stop whinging"

    it's how the world works