Boy who lost tip of finger gets €24,000
AN EIGHT-year-old boy has been awarded €24,000 damages after losing the tip of his left middle finger at school.
A court heard that Benjamin Schonfeld, then aged 6, caught his finger in a door jamb at St Kilian's German School on Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin.
Barrister Breffni Gordon said Benjamin had been injured in the incident in January 2009. He said there had been a hooked nail deformity resulting from the loss of approximately 4mm of the tip of the finger.
Benjamin had sued his school through his father Heino Schonfeld.
Mr Gordon told the court the Personal Injuries Assessment Board had assessed damages at €23,000 with a further €1,041 expenses, and due to a possible difficulty with liability, he was recommending the court approve the figure.
Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery approved the offer of €23,000 damages and costs by the school to Benjamin, which he directed be paid to his benefit in court.