€55k for girl who broke ankle after smashing into pole while on funfair ride
A 17-year-old girl who broke her ankle during a funfair ride in the Clare village of Sixmilebridge has been awarded €55,360 in damages.
At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys approved the offer to Lauren Kelly, of Woodview Heights, Sixmilebridge, for the funfair accident on September 27, 2013, when she was aged 13.
The matter was back before Judge Keys yesterday after last year rejecting an offer of €40,360 from funfair operator Mark McCormack.
Counsel for Lauren, who was suing through her mother, Mary Kelly, Michael Collins BL told the court that in the accident, Lauren sustained the broken right ankle after striking a protruding iron bar while on a 'revolving seat' ride at the funfair.
As a result of the accident, Lauren also suffered a 3cm gash to the back of her ankle.
Lauren was brought to the A&E at University College Hospital Limerick and hospitalised there for two nights where she underwent surgery.
The surgery has left her with a 7cm scar on her right ankle and Lauren has lost 20pc mobility on a permanent basis as a result in her ankle.
As a result of the surgery, pins were inserted into the girl's broken ankle and today it appears to be wider with the pins inserted.
The injury took six weeks to heal, during which time Lauren was on crutches, wore a 'moon boot' and underwent physiotherapy.
Lauren was treated by a consultant plastic reconstructive and hand surgeon and a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.