Boy, 5, awarded €22,745 after fall at boxing club

A five-year-old boy fell and smashed his face against a concrete floor while he was practising on rings in his school boxing club, a judge heard yesterday.
Boy, 5, awarded €22,745 after fall at boxing club

Barrister Noel Cosgrove told the Circuit Civil Court that William Mongan was spinning unsupervised after having been lifted onto the rings by an assistant. He told Judge Jacqueline Linnane William fell head-first onto concrete and broke his nose.

He said William, who sued Whitechurch Boxing Club and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association for damages for personal injuries, would have to have surgery when he reached 18 to re-set his nose and for nasal deviation.

His mother, Deirdre, said the club in Scoil Mhuire National School, Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, Dublin 6, had come to a sudden hush when everyone heard William’s face hit the concrete.

William, who will be 10 this year, was treated in hospital before being sent home with nasal sprays until swelling receded.

Ms Mongan, of Owendoher Haven, Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, said when she and her son returned to the hospital 10 days later, he was being “prepped” for surgery which she was unable to allow him undergo because of the suffering he endured in the previous fortnight. She had since been told William would require surgery at 18. Until then he would suffer symptoms of breathing difficulty. Liability had been conceded in the case.

The judge said William had suffered minimal deformity and had been suffering from nose blockages which disturbed his sleeping. She awarded him damages of €22,745.

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