Friday 23 March 2018

Judge rules €31k offer 'not enough' for girl who broke her leg in playschool

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Saurya Cherfi

A judge has refused a €31,000 settlement offer to a five-year-old schoolgirl who broke her right leg while attending a Dublin playschool.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said the figure would not be enough to compensate Lacey Murphy who still feels pain in her leg, almost two years after the incident.

Barrister William Reidy had told the court that Lacey was only three in April 2015 when she climbed on an open wardrobe at Larkin Early Education Centre, Ballybough Community Centre.

Mr Reidy said Lacey unfortunately fell off the wardrobe onto her right leg.  She had been taken to hospital where x-rays revealed a fracture of the tibia.

The court heard that Lacey had needed to undergo a manipulation of her right leg bones under anaesthesia.  She had to wear a long leg cast and later a walking boot for a number of weeks.

Mr Reidy, who appeared with solicitors OHanrahan & Co, said Lacey was expected to make a full recovery but was still experiencing pain in her leg.

Through her mother, Lynn Murphy, of Courtney Place, Dublin, Lacey sued the school for negligence.

Mr Reidy told the court that following an assessment by the Injuries Board, the defendant had made a €31,000 settlement offer, which he was not recommending to the court.

Judge Groarke said he was satisfied the offer was not enough and refused it.  The case will now go to a full trial at a date to be fixed by the Circuit Court office.

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