Wednesday 21 February 2018

Boy (9) who fractured his elbow in school playground awarded €40k

Rear View Of Boy Hanging On Monkey Bars In Park. Stock Image
Rear View Of Boy Hanging On Monkey Bars In Park. Stock Image

A NINE-year old boy who fractured his elbow in a playground has settled his High Court action against a school for €40,000.

James Farrell was five when he suffered a nasty fracture while playing on monkey bars and later had to have an operation, the court heard.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he  hoped the settlement money available to him, when it comes of age, will provide a deposit on a house at a time when the accident is long forgotten.

He fell off the monkey bars after he was brought with a group to a local playground while attending a summer camp at Lucan East Educate Together school in July 2013, the court heard.

Through his father Keith Farrell, of Moyglass, Lucan, Co Dublin, he sued the board of management of Lucan East Educate Together NS, Griffeen Avenue, Lucan,  as a result of the accident on July 11, 2013.

David Boughton BL said the boy has been left with a scar after the accident.

Counsel said James landed on his left elbow and was later transferred to hospital where he had to have surgery on the elbow.

In the action, it was claimed he was permitted to play on the monkey bars in circumstances where the defendant knew or ought to have know known they represented a danger to him.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to operate any or any adequate system of supervision.

The claims were denied.

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