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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Girl who crashed her electric scooter on footpath receives €125k in damages

Published 03/04/2014 | 16:31

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A YOUNG girl who injured her elbow when her electric scooter hit a raised section of footpath has settled her legal action for €125,000.

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Charlotte Clapperton was nine years of age when she had the accident at Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, on May 31, 2007.

Her counsel, John Nolan, told the High Court yesterday the footpath was in that condition because of the growth of tree roots.

Mr Nolan said she had to have two operations to her left elbow and still has difficulty at times.

She was a keen gymnast and Irish dancer before the accident but had had to find other pasttimes since her fall.

Ms Clapperton, Huband Road, Bluebell, Dublin, had through her mother, Colette Clapperton, sued Dublin City Council as a result of the accident.

She claimed the Council permitted the footpath to be in such a state as to render it a hazard and a trap for users,in particular for children.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine, who inspected the 10cm scar on Charlotte's arm, said it was not as bad as she had anticipated and her injury  was not going to affect her in the future.

She approved the €125,000 settlement with costs.

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