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€50,000 Settlement for Boy Injured while Riding Scooter

Posted: March 24th, 2021

A High Court compensation action has been settled for €50,000 in favour of an eight-year-old boy who was injured in a accident that occurred when when the scooter he was riding struck a piece of timber that was sticking out from the garden wall of a house.

13-year old Liam David Hanson hit what was though to be a kitchen worktop left by labourer on a garden wall and sticking out onto the footpath he was travelling along in Westbrook Heights in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on July 14, 2016.

Taking the legal action via his mother, Deborah Manning, of Moylaragh Crescent, Balbriggan against Jamie Tiernan and Helen McCusker, both with addresses at Westbrook Heights, kitchen installershit what was believed to be a kitchen worktop left by workman on a garden wall and protruding onto the footpath manufacturers Tierney Kitchens Retail, of Stephenstown Business Park, Balbriggan, the East Coast Kitchen Factory and Ion Tomoiaga, both who reside at KCR Business Estate, Kimmage, Co Dublin.

Representing Liam in court,  Conor Halpin Senior Counsel informed the Court that the young boy did not spot the wood until the last second. Due to this he suffered cut and lacerations to his face. He was administered with stitches which resulting in the presence of some scarring in the area of his forehead.

Presiding Judge Justice Deirdre Murphy was informed that an offer of €50,000 had been made to settle the case. The defendants did not accept liability and had also claimed that there was some contributory negligence to consider in the legal action.

Justice Murphy was informed that the boy suffered no psychological issue in relation to the scarring the he sustained. They added that the boy was a “very competent young man”. His mother told the court she was happy to accept the personal injury compensation offer.

Justice Murphy, who viewed the scarring on the boy via video link, said the resolution of the scars was significant. She approved the €50,000 offer and said it was a very good one for the young boy.

Categories: Childhood Injury

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