Settlement of €7,500 after girl's leg 'cut to the bone'
A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl had bits of flesh speared on the prongs of a toy rake following an accident at her creche, a court heard yesterday.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane yesterday approved a settlement offer of €7,500 and costs.
Aoife Cullen's mother, Catherine, had just delivered her daughter to the creche in Clonsilla, Dublin, and witnessed the aftermath of the incident, which occurred seven years ago.
Barrister Barney Quirke said Aoife had suffered a significant laceration through to the bone of her lower left leg and there had been a great deal of bleeding.
"An ambulance was called and Aoife was rushed to hospital where she had to undergo surgical repairs under general anaesthetic," Mr Quirke told the Circuit Civil Court.
He told the court the doctor had wanted to see the object that had caused the injury. Mrs Cullen then returned to the Chuckleberries Creche in Westmanstown, Dublin, to get the toy rake involved but was given a different rake.
Mrs Cullen was emphatic it was a broken blue rake but was handed a smaller, undamaged, pink plastic rake.
Mr Quirke estimated the full value of damages for Aoife's injury to be in the region of €21,000. But on the basis of a denial of liability and a serious dispute as to which rake was involved, Aoife -- now 10 -- was made a settlement offer of €7,500 and costs, which was accepted.
Mr Quirke said medical reports revealed Aoife suffered from a skin condition that made her more prone to injury and heavy bleeding.