Wednesday 22 February 2017

Girl (13) scarred for life after she fell on metal bar in school playground awarded €42k

Saurya Cherfi

Published 19/04/2016 | 13:50

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A 13-year-old student, who will be scarred for life after she fell on a metal bar in a school playground, has been awarded €42,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Barrister Ivan Daly told the court that in May 2013 Chloe Byrne was at Scoil Eoin, Greendale Road, Kilbarrack, Dublin, when she fell against the stump of a metal bar which was sticking out of a rock in the playground. 

The court today heard Chloe, of St Donagh’s Road, Donaghmede, Dublin, lacerated her right leg which had been bleeding heavily. 

Mr Daly told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Chloe, who was in shock and distressed, was taken to Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where her wound was stitched.

The wound had left a visible permanent scar on Chloe’s leg.  Through her mother Sinead Byrne, she sued the Minister for Education and the Trustees and Board of Management of Scoil Eoin, for negligence.

Judge Groarke heard Chloe was self-conscious of the three-and- a-half centimetre scar which could not be fixed by surgery.  The scar had been painful and itchy and she had given up her dancing activity.

Mr Daly told the court the defendants made a €42,500 settlement offer, which the Judge Groarke approved.

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