Saturday 16 December 2017

€170,000 settlements over accidents at childcare centres

Aodhan O'Faolain

MORE than €170,000  have been agreed in two separate High Court actions brought on behalf of children who suffered injuries at childcare facilities.

In the first, Mr Justice Michael Peart today approved a settlement of €122,000 in favour of Ella Rogerson who suffered serious injuries after being struck in the eye by a jet of water from a high pressure hose.

The hose was held by another child at the childcare facility Ella attended at Commons Road, Navan, Co Meath, on June 14, 2010.

Ella (aged 10), through her father Gavin Rogerson Fitzherbert Court, Slane Road, Navan sued the operators of Sandy's Childcare Ltd, with a registered address at Grange End, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, for alleged negligence and breach of duty of care.

It was claimed the defendant permitted the high pressure hose to be available at the premises without proper supervision, and allowed children to have access to the hose. It was also claimed the defendant did not have any adequate regard for Ella's health and safety.

The girl suffered a laceration to her eye, and required surgery. The claims were denied, and the action was settled without admission of liability.

The High Court also approved a settlement of €51,500 for three-year-old Lauren Torpey.

Lauren, through her mother Tara Lillywhite, Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6, brought a claim against Giraffe Childcare Ltd trading as giraffe Childcare Early Learning arising out an incident on June 2, 2011.

Lauren was in the Namibia Room of Giraffe Childcare, Harcourt Road, Charlemont Street, Dublin, when she tripped and hit her heard on the edge of a sharp skirting board which protruded from the wall at a 90 degree angle.

She suffered a deep laceration to her forehead and was brought to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Today Mr Justice Peart said he was satisfied to approve an assessment made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board of €51,500 in favour of Lauren.

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