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Settlement Approved for Childhood Accident

Posted: October 10th, 2016

A judge in Dublin’s Circuit Court has approved a five-figure settlement of compensation for a young girl who fell from an unsafe window as a toddler.

The fall in question happened in August 2012, when Róisín Byrne was just fifteen months old. The little girl was living with her parents in a Georgian building in Blackrock at the time, and Róisín fell from a large sash window, falling three metres before landing on a fire escape. The toddler suffered extensive injuries to her head and torso, including cracked ribs and a punctured lung. Now, aged five, Róisín has recovered from the injuries though still has a visible scar on her face from the fall.

Ronan Byrne and Chloe Murphy, Róisín’s parents, had previously highlighted the hazardous window to the building’s caretaker. They were concerned as the window opened around half a metre from the ground, which they felt was dangerous when a young child was in the property. As such, they requested that an extra lock be put onto the window to try and prevent such an accident.

However, the caretaker never acted upon this request and Róisín did indeed fall from the window. Chloe, acting on her daughter’s behalf, sought legal counsel and proceeded to file for assessment with the Injuries Board Ireland. Enda Woods, the owner of the Blackrock property, consented to the assessment, which resulted in the recommendation of a €46,000 compensation settlement for Róisín.

Despite the mutual consent from both parties on the sum, as Róisín is a minor, the settlement had to be approved by a judge before it could be awarded. The fact that the settlement was in excess of €15,000 meant that it had to be approved by a judge in the Circuit Court.

At the court, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard details of Róisín’s accident and the extent of her injuries. Upon hearing these details, he approved the settlement. The money will be paid into court funds until Róisín’s eighteenth birthday.


Categories: Child Injury Claim

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