Man Awarded €16,000 Footgolf Accident Injury Compensation
A Glasnevin FC amateur goalkeeper has been awarded €16,000 personal injury compensation in relation to a toe injury he sustained while playing footgolf at a course in Co Dublin. Plaintiff Stuart O’Dwyer – with an address at Glenhill Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11 – took sued Simon Rutledge – proprietor of the White House pub restaurant, New Park, The Ward, Co Dublin – due to the injury he suffered at his facility. The accident occurred as he was attempting to kick the ball out of a patch of rough and onto the green on the 10th hole. His foot struck a metal stake that he had not seen as it was hidden by long grass. Judge John O’Connor was advised by Mr O’Dwyer’s legal representative, Barrister Laurence Masterson, that he (Mr O’Dwyer) had been at the golf course, participating in the sport, with his father on June 14, 2018. Mr Rutledge was not in court to defend the footgolf injury compensation claim. Mr Masterson informed the Judge that judgment had been marked by the County Registrar against Mr Rutledge in the absence of an appearance in the case. In relation to the accident itself the Court was told that, on the day in question, Mr O’Dwyer was playing footgolf with his father. On the 10th hole he struck the ball off the 10th tee into some very long grass. In an attempt to kick the ball from there onto the closeby green he foot collided with the metal spike. This spike had been positioned solidly in the ground, concealed by the aforementioned long grass. In the accident Mr O’Dwyer’s big toe sustained a soft-tissue injury, as diagnosed by consultant in emergency medicine Dr JA McKeever at the emergency department of James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown afterwards which he attended soon after the incident in question. Mr O’Dwyer, an amateur goalkeeper with Glasnevin FC, lost the nail on his big toe and he has a slight deformity in the shape of a small lump on the toe when the nail returned. He experienced significant pain, discomfort and bruising. He had to have his tow splinted using a buddy strap in the hospital where he had been also been given crutches. €16,000 personal injury compensation and legal costs were awarded by Judge O’Connor to Mr O’Dwyer. He remarked that this is at the lower end of the Circuit Court jurisdiction.
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