A judge has approved a €45,000 settlement for a seven-year-old child who injured his cheek five years ago with a nail or piece of metal sticking out of a table at a Co Dublin daycare center.
Arrist Mark Curran said today in Circuit Civil Court Judge John O’Connor that the then infant, Mairead Mass, had a scar on her right cheek.
Mr Curran, who was acting with Benville and Robinson Solicitors for the girl and her mother Ruth Kirira, told Judge O’Connor he had asked the court to reject a €38,000 settlement offer from Simbas Childcare, Stradbrook Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
He said the Personal Injuries Board had estimated damages at €30,000 and when this was rejected by the girl’s legal department a new offer of €38,000 was made.
Mr Curran said initial negotiations were led by lawyer Padraic Hogan, who felt the new offer was too light and estimated reasonable damages of the order of €50,000.
He told the court that Mairead, of Seafield House, Seafield Avenue, Monkstown, Co Dublin, had grazed her right cheek at a table in the crèche.
A nail or sharp piece of metal had cut into her cheek, leaving a noticeable scar today, a significant injury for a girl.
Judge O’Connor said that although the wound had healed reasonably well, Mairead had left a small scar and briefly adjourned the court to allow Mr Curran and his directing counsel a chance to consult with the insurance company covering the crèche covers.
When the case was reopened, Mr Curran said the offer had been increased to €45,000 and recommended that the court accept it.
Judge O’Connor approved the new settlement offer.
Medical reports revealed that despite a well-healed wound, Mairead had left a small scar on her face, although shortly after the incident a plastic surgeon thought surgery to improve the appearance of the injury was unlikely.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/45000-for-child-that-injured-cheek-on-piece-of-metal-jutting-from-table-in-creche-41412915.html €45,000 for a child whose cheek was injured by a piece of metal protruding from the table in the manger