Sunday 4 December 2016

€1.3m for boy who sued grandparents after he lost leg in mower accident

Tim Healy

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

Conor (6) has had a new lease of life since joining the Irish Amputee Football Association
Conor (6) has had a new lease of life since joining the Irish Amputee Football Association

A young boy who lost one of his legs after an accident involving a ride-on lawnmower at his grandparents' home has settled a High Court action for €1.3m.

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Conor Dufficy was just over five years of age when he had to have his left leg amputated at the knee following the accident in 2014. His father was cutting the grass in the grandparents' garden with the ride-on mower.

Niamh Dufficy: son suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries Picture: Courtpix
Niamh Dufficy: son suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries Picture: Courtpix

Conor was playing and ran out from under a high shrub when he slipped as he tried to avoid the mower and his left foot went under the machine, the court heard.

Counsel for the family said the accident happened in the garden of Conor's grandparents' home in Castletroy, Co Limerick.

Conor, of Cois na hAbhainn, Moate, Co Westmeath, through his mother Niamh Dufficy, sued Richard and Evelyn Dufficy of Ryedale House, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, as a result of the accident on May 31, 2014.

It was claimed the boy was permitted to come in to contact with the blades of a lawnmower and suffered a catastrophic injury to his left leg.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to take any adequate precautions for his safety while a ride-on lawnmower was being used.

Council told the court it was a tragic accident and Conor's parents were happy with the settlement.

The boy will have to wear a prostheses in the future, but at the moment uses a wheelchair, counsel said. Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a good settlement and wished the boy well.

Irish Independent

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