€50k damages after boy breaks elbow on bouncy castle

A seven-year-old who broke his elbow playing on a bouncy castle was yesterday awarded €50,000 compensation against the owners.

€50k damages after boy breaks elbow on bouncy castle

David O’Sullivan, who is now eight, brought the case through his father, Donal O’Sullivan, of Parkgate, Frankfield, Cork, against West Point Sport and Leisure for the accident at its premises in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy approved the sum of €50,000 offered by the defendant company to the plaintiff in settlement of the civil action. This money will be lodged in court until the plaintiff reaches the age of 18.

Dr John O’Mahony SC said he and solicitor, Gerald O’Flynn, were both of the view that the settlement offer should be recommended to the court.

Dr O’Mahony said: “It arose out of an accident at a kids’ bouncy castle in their fun park at West Point business park. David O’Sullivan was then seven. He was in the complex participating in a particular fun arrangement and it was unsupervised.

“He climbed up an elevator-type swing and got to the platform where a number of people were jumping off. Children were climbing up the slide and jumping down. David, like a couple of other children, jumped down. He landed on a highly inflated part of the bouncy castle which was very hard because it was inflated to a high degree. He suffered a fracture to his right elbow.”

While it was a displaced fracture it has healed well and he is back playing soccer, GAA and golf, following treatment including physiotherapy, the court heard.

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