Girl compensated for pavement fall

A teenage girl who was severely injured after tripping over a building site fence has been awarded compensation from the construction company in a legal decision made public yesterday. The Supreme Court found that the builders had shown negligence in not erecting sufficient warning signs around the fence, which surrounded timber construction material left on a city pavement outside a building site. The company was ordered to pay 15,500 euros (5.3 million drachmas) to the girl, who suffered a fractured jaw and extensive dental damage during the fall. She told the court that she had been walking on the pavement at night and had seen the construction material, but failed to notice the fence as it was obscured by parked vehicles. The company had been granted a permit to fence off the pavement.