A FOUR-year boy who sustained permanent scarring after one of his ears was accidently cut by a city barber has been awarded €27,500 in damages.
Through his mother, the boy sued the barber arising out of an incident at a premises in Raheen in January 2012.
This week, Limerick Circuit Court was told the boy, who suffers from autism, was getting his hair cut when the “scissors slipped” from the barber’s hand resulting in him sustaining a laceration to one of his ears.
Judge Tom O’Donnell, who was given a photograph of the injury, was told it was “quite a traumatic experience” for the toddler who was bleeding profusely following the accident.
He immediately attended the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick following the incident, which was witnessed by his brother.
A medical report, which was produced in court, showed he sustained a one centimetre “flat laceration to the extreme rim of his right ear”.
Judge O’Donnell was told the boy was later seen by a plastic surgeon and attended a psychologist on four occasions.
Lawyers representing the plaintiff said he experienced some tenderness following the incident and that the scar will be permanent.
He also exhibited some post-traumatic symptoms for more than two years following the accident but has since returned to normal.
The child’s mother confirmed that she was happy with the settlement offer and that her son is fine and “doing okay now”.
She said her son covers his ears whenever his hair is being cut and that she has to cut it while he is sleeping.
Judge O’Donnell ordered that €500 be paid out immediately and that balance of €27,000 be invested by Courts Service for the benefit of the boy when he turns 18.
The plaintiff was not present in court for the hearing as he gets upset and anxious in large crowds.