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Girl (6) awarded €43k over slip on loose gravel outside home


Ciara Whelan, mum of Kayla. Photo: Collins

Ciara Whelan, mum of Kayla. Photo: Collins

Ciara Whelan, mum of Kayla. Photo: Collins

A six-year-old girl, who fractured her elbow after she slipped on loose gravel outside her Dublin home, has been awarded damages of €43,000 in the Circuit Civil Court.

Judge John O'Connor heard yesterday that Kayla Whelan, of Bluebell, Dublin 12, had been crossing Bluebell Road when she had slipped on loose gravel and banged her left elbow against a wall on August 4, 2016.

Barrister Fran Rooney, counsel for Kayla, who sued through her mother Ciara Whelan, told the court that following the accident, Kayla had been taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

He said Kayla had been noted to have swelling to her elbow.

Mr Rooney, who appeared with B&P Byrne Solicitors, said Kayla had been placed in a temporary back slab to immobilise her injury and had been referred to the X-ray department for imaging of her elbow.


He said Kayla, who sued Dublin City Council and Irish Water, had been diagnosed with a fracture to her elbow and that she had been reviewed later in the day by an orthopaedic surgeon, who told her she could go home for the night.

He said the orthopaedic surgeon had told Kayla that she had to fast for the night and to return the following morning for a theatre admission to repair her fracture.

Kayla's elbow had been repaired with K-wire fixation and she had worn a cast for six weeks.

Mr Rooney told the judge that following the removal of her cast, Kayla had received a number of physiotherapy treatments and had been allowed to mobilise her elbow. He said Kayla has since made a full recovery from her injury.

Mr Rooney recommended a settlement offer of €43,000 from Dublin City Council and Irish Water, which Judge O'Connor approved.