A SCHOOLBOY who cut his knee while playing in the yard of a County Limerick school has been awarded more than €30,000 in damages.
A settlement offer issued by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) was formally approved at Limerick Circuit Court this week.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the Personal Injury claim, which was taken by the boy through his father, related to an incident at Kilfinny National School, Adare on April 26, 2012.
The boy, who is now aged 13, fell and cut his knee while he was playing on a green area at the school.
Lawyers representing the plaintiff said he sustained a 4cm laceration to his right kneecap after he fell on the “cut remains of an old football post base” which had been covered over with a grass sod.
The court was told the boy, who was aged 10 at the time of the accident, attended accident and emergency at the then Mid Western Regional Hospital following the fall.
He was placed under general anaesthetic while the wound was being suchered and cleaned by doctors. The boy was admitted for observation and was discharged from hospital two days later.
He was on crutches for a period afterwards and missed a week of school as a result of what happened.
Judge Moran was told that while the youngster has a permanent scar, he does not suffer from any pain relating to the accident and had fully recovered within four months of the incident.
After viewing the boy’s scar and having been informed that both he and his father were happy with the PIAB settlement offer the judge formally approved the offer of damages.
The offer includes €31,500 in general damages, which will be paid out by the Court when the boy turns 18 and €750 in special damages, which will be paid to his solicitor immediately.