Girl awarded €22k after fall from couch in care centre

Limerick Courthouse
A child who suffered a ‘nasty cut’ above her eye after jumping from a couch at a Limerick child care centre has been awarded €22,000 at Limerick Circuit Court, writes Anne Sheridan.

A child who suffered a ‘nasty cut’ above her eye after jumping from a couch at a Limerick child care centre has been awarded €22,000 at Limerick Circuit Court, writes Anne Sheridan.

The girl was aged two when she jumped off the couch and struck her head off a shelf on June 2, 2009.

She has been left with a small scar over her right eye which the court heard is more prominent when she is red-faced from exertions.

Her mother told the court she is satisfied with the offer of a €22,000 settlement.

After examining the girl Judge Carroll Moran said: It’s not too bad. I had to look for it.”

He said the offer was

“very good” and approved the settlement, to be paid to the court within 21 days.

Separately, two children from Omagh were awarded a total of €24,000, arising from a car accident in Limerick on August 9, 2011.

One child, who was nearly three years old at the time, suffered a small cut on her ear as a result of the rear-end collision. Her mother said she suffered bed-wetting, was upset after the accident and was “quite clingy” towards her parent.

She was awarded €10,000. Her sister, aged seven at the time, was awarded a sum of €14,000, after suffering neck pain in the same accident, but has since made a full recovery and has suffered no long term symptoms.