Posted: February 22nd, 2021
At the Circuit Civil Court a toddler who fell 10 feet onto concrete paving through a gap in glass panelling where one of the panels was missing
has had a €25,000 footpath accident compensation settlement approved.
During proceedings at court, barrister Eavanna Fitzgerald informed
Judge John O’Connor that Ewa Stecyk was attempting to unlock an entrance gate to a Dublin apartment building, when her 19-month-old son Alex Szabo moved to look through a glass-panelled barrier. Appearing with Maguire McClafferty Solicitors for Alex and Ms Stecyk, Fitzgerald said the child and his mother did not know that one of the large glass panels was missing.
She said: “The boy walked through the space and fell three metres onto a concrete surface. Luckily, despite the very serious circumstances, there was a good outcome as he landed on his feet, falling forward on his hands and knees.”
She informed the Judge that the incident in question occurred during October 2017 at The Concert Building at an apartments block in Dublin 12 as the young child was attempting to open an entrance gate. In the accident that ensued the young boy injured his feet, knees and hands, and had also struck his head.
Due to the suffering that the young boy went through his mother, who lives at Clear Water Court, South Royal Canal Park, Ashtown, Dublin 15, subsequently rushed to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Here, following a series of x-rays it was discovered that he had not suffered any fractures.
Ms Fitzgerald advised Judge O’Connor that his colleague, Judge Kathryn Hutton, had adjourned the case during 2020, having requested additional medical reports. At this point in time a settlement of €20,000 had been offered.
The additional reports by completed by paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr Paula M. Kelly have indicated that Alex did not sustain any long-term orthopaedic injuries. Through his mother, the boy initiated the legal action for compensation against some Parkwest Management firms which have registered addresses at Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, and were the legal occupiers of The Concert Building in Parkwest.
Counsel recommended that the Judge approve the compensation settlement offer. Judge O’Connor, as he gave his approval to a new €25,000 compensation offer, said that while the boy had walked with a limp for a number of weeks, he had made a full recovery. from the accident.