Claim of Mullingar Woman Who Lost An Eye Put on Hold

The claim of a woman from Mullingar, Co Westmeath who pursued a compensation after losing an eye at her partner’s parents’ farmhouse has had her claim put on hold. Elaine Newman, who lost her eye after a number of shards of glass entered it after a window shattered, made her claim under the Occupier’s Liability Act.

After hearing how Elaine’s self-esteem had been crushed by the accident, Mr Justice Iarflaith O’Neill decided to put the claim on hold. A report commissioned into the accident found that although the glass may have been faulty, that there is no requirement which obliges farmhouse owners to fit safety glass in the type of window which was involved in Elaine’s accident.