A nine -year-old girl, who cut her forehead when she fell in a Dublin creche, has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Susan Lennox told the court that Blathnaid Morrison was almost two years old when the accident happened in November 2008 at Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services, Bawnogue Enterprise Centre, Bawnogue Rd, Clondalkin.

Ms Lennox said Blathnaid had been playing when she fell and hit the ground, lacerating her forehead.

Counsel told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Blathnaid was taken to Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, by her mother, Linda Morrison.

Blathnaid had been very distressed. Her laceration had been cleaned and repaired with steri-strips. It has left a permanent 1cm scar on her forehead.

Blathnaid, through her mother Linda, of Russel Lane, Fortunestown, Tallaght, sued Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services Ltd, for negligence.

She claimed the creche had failed to provide adequate supervision.

Ms Lennox said the Personal Injuries Assessment Board valued the damages at €35,000 and the creche had accepted its assessment.

Following a request by Judge Groarke to try to get an increased offer, as the scar was permanent and visible, Ms Lennox said the defendant’s insurer had “reluctantly” agreed to an offer of €40,000. Judge Groarke, approving it, said he was satisfied it was a very good offer.


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