Two Dublin children, who were sprayed with petrol and fumes at a faulty fuel pump when they were aged four years and 21 months respectively, have been awarded almost €75,000 damages against Tesco Ireland Limited.
Barrister Hugh B Byrne told the Circuit Civil Court that Harvey Ring, now aged 11, and his brother Zachary, now aged eight, were with their mother at the Tesco filling station at Clarehall, Malahide Road, as she attempted to put petrol in the family car.
The boys sued Tesco Ireland Limited through Ms Ring, of Ridgewood Avenue, Forest Road, Swords, Co Dublin, who also told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke in a sworn statement that Zachary, who had been asleep in the back of her car, had also been doused with petrol through an open window.
Mr Byrne told Judge Groarke that Tesco Ireland had now offered Harvey a settlement of €48,775, and his brother Zachary €25,300, and he was asking the Circuit Civil Court to accept the proposed settlements.
The court heard the Tesco service station concerned had been aware of a potential fault in the particular pump for some time but had not closed it off to the public.
In medical reports furnished to the court it was stated that both children had suffered shock and subsequent anxiety symptoms following the accident and had attended a number of therapy treatments.
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