Friday 9 December 2016

€45k damages for boy left 'scarred for life' after fall in creche

Ray Managh

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Lorraine Lawless, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, leaves court yesterday after her son Calum was awarded €45,000 in damages. Photo: Collins
Lorraine Lawless, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, leaves court yesterday after her son Calum was awarded €45,000 in damages. Photo: Collins

A schoolboy who will be scarred for life following a fall he suffered while attending a creche nine years ago has been awarded €45,000 in damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Barrister Conor Kearney told the court that in July 2007, Calum Lawless was at the Happy Days Creche, Hansfield, Clonee, Dublin, when he fell on an uneven floor.

Mr Kearney said Calum hit his head in the fall, lacerating his face close to his right eye. Calum, who was three years old at the time, had been shocked and shaken.

The court heard that Calum's wound had been bleeding heavily and he was taken to the VHI Swiftcare Clinic at Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Dublin.

Mr Kearney yesterday told Judge James O'Donohoe that Calum suffered a deep, 3cm-long laceration, which was repaired with glue and steri-strips.

Calum's eye - which had remained closed for one week after the fall - had been bruised for several weeks following the incident.

The court heard that the wound had left a permanent, 2cm-long scar on the face of the schoolboy, who is now 12 years old.

Calum, through his mother Lorraine Lawless, of Ardlea, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, sued Happys Days at Hansfield Company Ltd, with a registered address at Luttrellstown Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin, for negligence.

Mr Kearney told the court that the creche had accepted liability and had made a €45,000 settlement offer. Judge O'Donohoe approved it.

Irish Independent

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