€44,000 for boy hurt in hide and seek game
A schoolboy who had to have 25 stitches on a gash on his leg has been awarded €44,000 damages against Dublin City Council.
Barrister Fergus O'Higgins told the Circuit Civil Court that Nojus Baltrimus had been playing hide and seek in a local authority garden and caught his leg on an exposed screw.
Mr O'Higgins, who appeared with Cosgrove Gaynard Solicitors, said Nojus lived in Liberty Court, Lower Clanbrassil Street, Dublin.
On June 15, 2014, he had been playing with friends in the communal garden area of the Mercer Street apartments and hid behind a water cylinder.
Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that when emerging from his hiding place Nojus, now aged 14, caught his shin on an exposed metal screw jutting out from the water tank structure.
"He suffered a very serious laceration to his right shin and had to have 25 stitches inserted in the wound," Mr O'Higgins told the court.
He said Nojus had been taken to Crumlin Childrens' Hospital where the stitches were inserted. He had attended his GP two weeks later to have the stitches removed but only half could be taken out because of an infection for which he had been prescribed antibiotics.
The court heard that in addition to the serious pain and suffering Nojus endured he had been left with a large and permanent scar.
Mr O'Higgins said Dublin City Council had made a settlement offer of €44,000 and costs to the boy and his mother Sabina Bilyte.
The judge said some young men wear scars as badges of honour, but the one Nojus had been left with was not the kind anyone would want.