Teen awarded €37,000 over car park accident
An 16-year-old schoolboy who cut his thigh while climbing over a railing in a supermarket car park was yesterday awarded more than €37,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Michael Hogan, who was aged 11 when he suffered the injury in the car park at Firhouse Shopping Centre, Firhouse, Co Dublin, caught his leg on an "unguarded and protruding nail or bolt" on the railing.
"The bolt tore deep into his left thigh causing a deep, V-shaped wound," barrister Mairead Carey told the court.
Mr Justice Matthew Deery, heard that the injury had been so deep that Michael had to have a double layer of inner flesh and superficial skin stitches inserted under general anaesthetic.
Ms Carey, counsel for Michael, of Glencarrig Court, Firhouse, Co Dublin, said Michael had recovered well and had been offered a settlement of €36,800 general damages with €555 special damages by the defendants Colverton Ltd, which trades as Firhouse Shopping Centre.
Judge Deery approved the settlement and directed the €36,800 be invested in court funds until Michael's 18th birthday in March 2015.