A 13-year-old student, who will be scarred for life after she fell on a metal bar in a school playground, has been awarded €42,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Ivan Daly told the court that in May 2013, Chloe Byrne was at Scoil Eoin, Greendale Rd, Kilbarrack, Dublin, when she fell against the stump of a metal bar which was sticking out of a rock in the playground.

The court yesterday heard that Chloe, of St Donagh’s Rd, Donaghmede, lacerated her right leg, which had been bleeding heavily.

Mr Daly told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Chloe, who was in shock and distressed, was taken to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where her wound was stitched.

It had left a visible and permanent scar on Chloe’s leg.

Through her mother Sinead Byrne, Chloe sued the education minister and the trustees and board of management of Scoil Eoin for negligence.

Mr Justice Groarke heard that Chloe was self-conscious of the 3.5cm scar, which could not be fixed by surgery.

The scar had been painful and itchy, and she had given up her dancing as a result.

Mr Daly told the court that the defendants had made a €42,500 settlement offer, which Judge Groarke approved.


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