A boy allegedly struck by a falling goalpost at a football pitch has settled a €60,000 suit in the High Court.
Ames Hannon was six years old and attending a birthday party when the accident happened at the Dublin complex six years ago.
His solicitor, Finbarr Fox SC, told the court it was their fault that the goal post wasn’t properly secured.
James (now 12) of Glandore Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, sued through his mother Paula Hannon Indoor Football Ireland Ltd with offices at Corrstown, Kilsallaghan, Co. Santry, Dublin.
James was attending a birthday party for a group of boys and girls on October 16, 2016 when it was claimed he was hit by the goalpost.
There have been allegations of failure to tie or strap down a set of goalposts either adequately or at all.
There was an alleged failure to warn of the existence of an alleged trap or hazard on the premises.
All claims were disputed, but a breach of duty was admitted, the court said.
It has been claimed that James was thrown to the ground when he was violently hit by the falling goalpost. He was found to be lying face down immediately after the incident.
He had to be carried to his mother’s car, where he was laid across the back seat. He was referred from a clinic to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, where it was determined that he had a posterior chest wall injury.
He was later diagnosed with a collapsed upper lobe of his left lung. He had to be hospitalized for a procedure under general anesthesia and later in 2017 he had to undergo another procedure.
Judge Garrett Simons approved the settlement this week, saying the boy has made an excellent recovery from what could have been a life-changing event.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/boy-injured-after-allegedly-being-hit-by-falling-goalpost-settles-action-for-60000-41819275.html Boy injured after allegedly being hit by falling goalpost – €60,000 lawsuit settled