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Young girl awarded €40k for fall in a Dublin creche

The girl was two at the time of the incident, which left a permanent visible scar.

Image: Shutterstock/Vadim Zakharishchev

A NINE YEAR old schoolgirl who cut her forehead when she fell in a Dublin creche has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Susan Lennox told the court that Blathnaid Morrison was almost two years old when the accident happened in November 2008 at Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services creche, of Bawnogue Enterprise Centre, Bawnogue Road, Clondalkin.

Lennox today said Blathnaid had been playing when she fell and hit the ground, cutting her forehead.

Counsel told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Blathnaid was taken to Tallaght Hospital by her mother, Linda Morrison.

Blathnaid had been very distressed, shocked and upset. Her wound had been cleaned and repaired with steri-strips, a type of bandage used in place of stitches.

Blathnaid’s wound had left a permanent one-centimetre scar on her forehead.

Negligence

Blathnaid sued the creche for negligence through her mother Linda. She claimed the creche had failed to provide adequate supervision.

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Lennox initially told the court that the Personal Injuries Assessment Board had valued the damages at €35,000, and the creche had accepted its assessment.

Judge Groarke requested an increased offer, as the scar was permanent and visible. Lennox said that following talks between the parties, the defendant’s insurer had “reluctantly” agreed to an increased €40,000 damages offer.

Judge Groarke said he was satisfied it was a very good offer and approved it.

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