Posted: October 8th, 2019
Wee Care Limited, Monkstown, Co Dublin has agreed a €32,500 creche compensation settlement with the family of a two-year-old boy who fell and cut his left eyebrow. The award was approved at the Circuit Civil Court earlier today.
Legal representative for the boy’s family, barrister Samantha Cruess Callaghan, informed Judge John O’Connor that the bathroom accident took place when Lucas Murphy was cleaning his hands in a bathroom at the creche. Lucas, who is now seven, was using a small foot stool to stand on so he could reach the sink at a sink in question. He was standing on the footstool as he could not reach the sink. He lost his footing and, as he fell to the ground, he bashed his head on the bowl of the toilet.
Lucas, lives at Ashgrove, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire took the creche injury compensation action, via father Darren Murphy, against the owners of Wee Care Ltd, It was claimed that, due to their negligence. he fell and was left with a visible horizontal scar on his left eyebrow.
Lucas, was just two-and-a-half years old when the creche bathroom accident happened in October 2014 at the Wee Care Creche. The Judge was told that Lucas suffered a lot of of trauma as he was rushed to Tallaght Hospital, before being transferred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital , Crumlin for treatment which included applying adhesive tape to the laceration.
After being treated Lucas had to attend three further review appointments at the day care unit of the hospital. On his last appointment in January 2015 it was found that his cut had successfully healed leaving a two-centimetre long laceration.
Wee Care Ltd made a personal injury child settlement offer of €32,500 damages which, the Judge was advised, Lucas’ parents felt was sufficient. However, Judge O’Connor informed them that it was a very reasonable offer and he gave his approval for it.