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Girl (11) awarded €35k in damages after getting finger trapped in seat

The girl’s hand became trapped while she was at a play.

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AN 11-YEAR-old schoolgirl whose right index finger was trapped in a seat while she attended a play has been awarded €35,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister John Nolan told the court that in April 2012, Ellie Cooper had been attending the play with other children at Connolly House, Marino College, Five Lamps, North Strand Road, Dublin.

Ellie, of Bessborough Avenue, North Strand Road, had been sitting on the front row on a chair fixed to the floor when her right hand became trapped between the seat and the hinge mechanism and she injured her finger.

Mr Nolan said Ellie’s finger had been bleeding heavily and she had been taken by ambulance to the Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. An x-ray had revealed a fracture of the tip of her finger.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Ellie had missed time from school and had experienced difficulties in her everyday life.  She had since fully recovered.

Through her father David Cooper, she sued City of Dublin Education Board, of Townhall, Ballsbridge, Dublin and the Five Lamps Arts Festival for negligence.

Ellie claimed the defendants had failed to provide seating safe for use by children.  She alleged they had failed to discover, by way of testing, that there was a movement in the seat which might have caused her hand to become trapped.

Mr Nolan said the defendants had made a €35,000 settlement offer which he recommended on the basis that liability was very much an issue in the case.  Judge Groarke approved the offer.

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