A six-year-old boy was allegedly scalded when he pulled a coffee pot onto himself on a hotel table, the Supreme Court heard.
Aniel Jack Dugan from Northern Ireland was on a short break with his family at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin when the accident happened in 2016.
In this case, it’s about where the coffee pot was placed on the hotel’s breakfast table.
Daniel’s side has claimed the coffee was placed in a precarious position on the edge of the table within easy reach of the baby.
The hotel, which has denied all claims, has claimed the coffee pot was placed in the center of the table.
It said if the boy sustained an injury it was the result of an unfortunate accident and not the alleged negligence of the hotel or its staff.
Opening the case, the child’s lawyer, Micheal O Scanaill SC, said with Clodagh Brick BL the baby was just under six months old and was lying in a booster seat on his buggy at the breakfast table.
The attorney said the parents ordered coffee and some family members went to get the breakfast buffet.
When the others came back, Daniel’s mother was walking to the buffet and was on her way back to the table when she saw the baby pull the coffee pot on him.
“He was scalded from head to toe by the coffee from shoulder to arm to flank,” the attorney said. Medics later said burns covered about 10 percent of his body, he said.
Daniel of The Beeches, Killinchy, Co. Down, through his mother, sued Lynsey Willis Kingsoak Taverns with offices in Morrisons Island, Cork trading as the Clarion Hotel as a result of the accident on 14 July 2016.
It was alleged, among other things, that there had been a failure to manage or operate a secure hotel or breakfast room environment.
The coffee pot was placed on the table in an allegedly self-threatening manner and in an allegedly precarious position.
The claims are disputed.
The baby suffered burns to her shoulder, chest and thigh and was taken by ambulance to hospital where she was given IV fluids and bandages and later transferred to a hospital in Belfast.
As evidence, Ms Willis said she was returning from the breakfast buffet and had put her plate down when she saw Daniel’s hand pull the coffee pot down on him.
She said her partner, who was sitting at the table, fed her toddler.
“I couldn’t make it in time. It got over him. I picked him up and started running.”
She said her son cried out in pain and she took his clothes off and he cried for hours afterwards.
Ms Willis was questioned by David Nolan SC for the hotel and said she never saw the waiter.
She said she later asked her partner to ask about witnesses and video surveillance.
The case before Judge Michael Hanna will continue on Friday.
https://www.independent.ie/news/boy-6-allegedly-scalded-when-he-pulled-a-coffee-pot-on-a-hotel-table-on-top-of-him-42117508.html Boy (6) is said to have scalded himself when he pulled a coffee pot on himself on a hotel table