Friday 17 August 2018

Boy (2) who fractured skull after falling off pram awarded almost €26k

Liam Brien was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Judge Rory McCabe on March 17 2013.
Liam Brien was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Judge Rory McCabe on March 17 2013.

Saurya Cherfi

A two-year-old boy, who fractured his skull after falling off a pram when he was only 10 weeks old, was today awarded €25,745 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

The court heard that Cameron Baker Daly had just awoken in his pram on 12th January 2013 at his home at Forests Field Road, Swords, Co Dublin, when the accident happened.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was told that the pram had been bought at the Mothercare store in Blandchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin, six months prior to the accident and had been stored until Cameron’s birth in October 2012. 

Barrister Laurence Masterson said Cameron was injured after the left front wheel clipped the kitchen press as the pram was being wheeled from the living room to the kitchen and the chassis had folded up in a scissors movement.

He said the pram, from the Mothercare brand range and called “Spin,” had then rotated backwards and Cameron had slid down and out of it, striking his head on the floor.

He had been taken to Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where X-rays had revealed a fracture of his skull. He had also suffered swelling and bruising to his head.

Through his mother, Nicola Daly, Cameron sued Mothercare (Ireland) Ltd, with an address at Part Unit One, Northwest Business Park, Balycoolin, Dublin, and also Mothercare (UK) Ltd, alleging negligence.

The court heard that Cameron had fully recovered since the incident and had not suffered any neurological disability. Mr Matthewson said a settlement of €25,745 had been offered to Cameron and he was recommending acceptance of it. The offer was approved by Judge Groarke.

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