Boy awarded €42,500 after cutting face on crèche fence
A boy (9) who tripped at a crèche and hit his head off a wire fence, cutting his forehead and cheek, has been awarded €42,500 in damages at the Circuit Civil Court.
Billy Hickey, of Shanid Road, Harold's Cross, Dublin, was playing outside under the care of Kids Inc Limited, Grosvenor Road, Rathmines, Dublin, when he fell and hit his head off the fence.
Barrister Conor Kearney, counsel for Billy, who sued the crèche through his father Barry Hickey, said the boy suffered cuts to his face and was brought to Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin.
He said that Billy suffered a 3cm cut to his forehead and a second one measuring 0.5cm under his right eye.
Both wounds were closed using paper steri-strips. He was later seen by a plastic surgeon who considered there was no need for surgical intervention.
Mr Kearney said Billy had been left with two scars which are visible from conversational distance. Doctors believe the scars will continue to heal in the next year to 18 months.
Counsel said it had been alleged that Kids Inc Limited had been negligent and had failed to take adequate precautions for the safety of the child while he was on their premises. Kids Inc entered a defence to the claim.
Mr Kearney said a fence encircling the playground had been defective and dangerous and the crèche owners had failed to check it on a regular basis.
Mr Justice Raymond Groarke approved the settlement offered and awarded Billy €42,500 with his legal costs.