Monday 26 September 2016

Girl scarred after glass panel in a school door smashed awarded €70,000

Published 07/06/2016 | 17:01

The Four Courts, Dublin
The Four Courts, Dublin

A girl left with a four-inch scar on her arm, after a glass panel in a school door smashed, has settled her High Court action for €70,000.

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Kayleigh Doheny will have to undergo laser treatment to reduce the level of scarring after the accident, the court heard.

Kayleigh (now 13), of  Kingsfurze Avenue, Naas, Co Kildare, through her mother Karen Doheny, sued the board of management of the Mercy Convent primary school in Naas as a result of the accident on April 3, 2014.

Her counsel Conor Maguire told the court that as she walked towards a classroom, the door started to suddenly close.

Kayleigh put her hand up to stop it and the glass in the door shattered.

Counsel said she suffered a cut injury and is left with a scar on her left forearm but there is no nerve injury.

It was claimed the door did not have appropriate safety glass and there was an alleged failure to anticipate the accident.

As a result, it was claimed, she sustained a deep laceration.

Counsel said the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a good settlement.

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