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A boy who fractured his leg during a scouting activity has settled his High Court action for more than €22,000

A boy who fractured his leg during a scouting activity has settled his High Court action for more than €22,000.

Cillian White was eight  when he jumped to grab a water balloon launched from an improvised catapult. A number of other scouts piled in and fell on top of him, the court heard.

The now 17-year-old from Roganstown, Swords, Co Dublin, sued Scouting Ireland Ltd, Larch Hill, Dublin, as a result of the injury at the Scouting Ireland Holiday Centre, Larch Hill in June 2006.  

Scouting Ireland denied his claims and contended the incident was unforeseeable  and occurred without there being any negligence or breach of duty on its part.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved a settlement on the basis of two-thirds liability against the teenager and one third liability against Scouting Ireland which means he will get €22,500.

The court heard  Cillian fractured his right femur in the fall and the right leg is now two centimetres shorter than his other leg.

The boy was brought to Tallaght Hospital where it was found he had an undisplaced fracture of the right femur. He was in hospital for three weeks and had to use a wheelchair for a while.

He had sued for alleged negligence and breach of duty.  He also claimed there was an alleged failure to carry out any or any adequate assessment of the risks inherent in the activity in which he was engaged.

He further claimed there was an alleged failure to conduct, control or carry on its activities in a manner what would not be harmful to the boy.

Cillian, it was contended, was taking part in a fun activity when a number of children jumped or climbed on the back of a scouting supervisor causing the fall.

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