Friday 24 November 2017

Boy (5) awarded for €15,000 injury after tripping in bank branch

Saurya Cherfi

A FIVE-year-old schoolboy, who banged his head on a door in a bank after tripping on the lip of a carpet, has been awarded €15,000 in the Circuit Civil Court.

The court heard that on the May 8, 2009, Cillian Welsh, who was then two-year-old, was with his father James Welsh in a Bank of Ireland branch at Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, when the accident happened.

Barrister William Bulman said Cillian, of The Avenue Hylands (correct), Rathmullen Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, tripped on the lip of a carpet which was worn and fell against a door in front of him, gashing his forehead.

He had been taken to a local medical practice where he received stitches to his wound. The court heard that Cillian had been left with a one-centimetre scar on the left side of his forehead.

Through his father he sued Bank of Ireland for negligence.

Mr Bulman told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that a settlement offer of €15,000 had been made on behalf of the bank. Judge Deery approved the offer.

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