Monday 22 January 2018

Young boy who lost leg in ride-on lawnmower accident settles action for €1.3m

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A young boy who lost one of his legs after an accident involving a ride-on lawnmower at his grandparents' home has settled a High Court action for €1.3m.

Conor Dufficy was just over five when he had to have his left leg amputated at the knee following the accident in 2014.   His father was cutting the grass in the grandparents' garden with the ride-on mower.

Conor was playing and ran out from under a high shrub when he slipped as he tried to avoid the mower and his left foot went under the machine, the court heard.

Oonagh McCrann SC, for the family, said the accident happened in the garden of Conor's grandparents in Castletroy, Co Limerick.

Conor, of Cois na hAbhainn, Moate, Co Westmeath  through his mother Niamh Dufficy, sued Richard and Evelyn Dufficy of Ryedale House. Golf Links Road, Castletroy, as a result of the accident on May 31, 2014

It was claimed the boy was permitted to come in to contact with the blades of a ride on lawnmower and suffered a catastrophic injury to his left leg.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to take any adequate precuations for his saftey while a ride-on lawnmower was being operated and in the vicinity of young children.

Ms McCrann told the court it was a tragic accident and Conor's parents were happy with the settlement.

The boy had to be airlifted to Cork University Hospital  and later had to have his left leg amputated at the knee.  He will in the future have to wear a prostheses, but at the moment uses a wheelchair, counsel said.

Approving the settlement Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very good one and he wished the boy well for the future.

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