Sunday 28 May 2017

Boy's €20,000 award after falling on glass

Ray Managh

A YOUNG schoolboy who fell on glass while playing football has been awarded more than €20,000 damages against a local authority.

Christopher Connors had been playing with his cousin in a laneway near his halting site home in Rathfarnham, Dublin, when the incident happened in October 2009.

Barrister Martin Dully told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that his client Christopher, of Cherryfield Way, Rathfarnham, Dublin, had fallen on broken glass and lacerated his left wrist and forearm.

Mr Justice Matthew Deery was told that Christopher had suffered a slight tear to a tendon in his forearm, which had to be surgically repaired. South Dublin County Council, which runs the halting site, had agreed to the Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB) assessing damages. A figure of €20,000 damages for personal injuries together with €1,206 expenses had been suggested, the court heard.

Scarring

Mr Dully said Christopher had made a good recovery within a short time but had been left with scarring which was still visible on his arm. He considered the offer to be reasonable considering the possibility that Christopher could face liability difficulties.

Judge Deery, approving the offer, said that while there was major scarring on Christopher's forearm he did face a substantial issue on liability.

Irish Independent

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