Sunday 22 September 2019

Boy (10) awarded €75k after catching finger on metal chair at RTE

Natasha Houlihan, mother of Thomas Houlihan, of Glenshane Crescent, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a settlement offer of €75,000 damages was approved on behalf of Thomas Houlihan Photo: Collins Courts
Natasha Houlihan, mother of Thomas Houlihan, of Glenshane Crescent, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a settlement offer of €75,000 damages was approved on behalf of Thomas Houlihan Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A school boy who caught his finger in a metal chair while attending a concert at RTE two years ago has settled his High Court action for €75,000.

Thomas Houlihan, now 10, later had to have a partial amputation of his left index finger, the court heard.

His counsel Jeremy Maher told the court he is missing a part of the top of that finger but he is right handed and has made a very good recovery.

Thomas, of Glenshane Crecent, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin, through his mother Natasha Houlihan, sued RTE and the board of management of St Aidan's national school, Jobstown, Tallaght as a result of the accident on December 9, 2016.

The boy had attended RTE in Donnybrook with his school at the time. It is claimed his left index finger became trapped in a metal chair.

An ambulance was called and the boy was brought to a hospital but later had to transferred to another hospital where he was seen by a specialist.

It was claimed that the boy was in significant pain following the accident and that allegedly a First Aid box could not be found and his finger had to be wrapped in tissue.

It was further claimed the boy and his parents were traumatised afterwards as when they first went to a hospital it appeared understaffed and the parents claimed they had to squeeze the boy's finger to stop it bleeding.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure the seating area at the concert was safe for use by the boy and there was an alleged failure to take any reasonable steps or precautions for the safety of the boy.

The claims were denied.

Counsel told the court Thomas has no functional difficulties with the finger.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.

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