A NINE-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl grimly held on to her seat to save herself after watching a friend’s mum fall 40 feet from a funfair seat, the Circuit Civil Court has heard.
Barrister Eileen McAuley told Judge Matthew Deery that Nicole Moore, now aged 15, had been on a Superbowl ride at the funfair in Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin, when the accident happened in September 2007.
She said staff at the funfair had omitted to properly attach a safety bar across the seat before starting the ride.
Ms McAuley, counsel for Nicole, of Tyrone Place, Inchicore, Dublin, said that when the bar came loose Nicole had watched her friend’s mother being thrown from the seat into the air and fall 40 feet to the ground.
“Nicole managed to hold on and prevent herself from being thrown from the seat,” Ms McAuley told the court.
She said Nicole, who sued Colin Cullen, trading as Funfest, of Oakleigh, Celbridge, Co Kildare, and John Bagnell of Wolverhampton, had been shocked and shaken and suffered soft tissue injuries to her right knee and abdomen.
Ms McAuley said Nicole, who sued through her mum Mandy, had developed a fear of heights and had suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. She had been diagnosed at the time with acute stress disorder.
Judge Deery told Ms McAuley he had no difficulty in approving what he considered was a very good settlement offer of €21,500 from the defendants.