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Settlement Offer of €32,500 Approved for Creche Accident Involving Two-year-old boy

Posted on: October 9th, 2019

A two-year-old boy who fell and cut his left eyebrow at Wee Care Limited, Monkstown, Co Dublin has had a €32,500 creche compensation settlement approved at the Circuit Civil Court.

The accident happened when Lucas Murphy (7), was washing his hands in a bathroom at the creche. His legal representative, barrister Samantha Cruess Callaghan, informed Judge John O’Connor that the boy had been standing on a small stool while washing his hands at a sink in question. He was standing on the footstool as the sink was too high for him. Lucas was standing on a small plastic stool while cleaning his hands when the accident happened. As he fell to the ground he hit his head on the toilet bowl.

Lucas, who has an address at Ashgrove, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire claimed, through his legal team and his father,  that the management of Wee Care Ltd had been negligent in relation to the accident in question. He (Lucas) had been left with a visible horizontal scar on his left eyebrow.

Lucas, was just two-and-a-half years old when the incident took place at the Wee Care Creche in October 2014. The Judge was advised that he (Lucas) experienced a great deal of trauma due to the fact that he was hurried by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital. After being seen in Tallaght he was transferred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin for treatment which included applying adhesive tape to the laceration. He had to attend the day care unit at the hospital for three further appointments. By the time of his final appointment in January 2015 it was found that his cut had successfully healed leaving a two-centimetre long scar.

Lucasm through his father, Darren Murphy, took the personal injury award action against Wee Care Limited. Wee Care Ltd made a personal injury child settlement offer of €32,500 damages. The Judge was informed the parents did not believe that this figure was sufficient. However, Judge O’Connor advised them that, given the circumstances it was a very reasonable offer. He approved the offer.



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