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case settled Boy (8) injured after being hit a piece of timber while on scooter awarded €50k

The boy sustained lacerations to his face and later received stitches which had left scarring to his forehead

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Child's scooter: Stock image

Child's scooter: Stock image

Child's scooter: Stock image

An eight-year-old boy who was injured when a flicker scooter he was riding hit a piece of timber left protruding from the garden wall of a house has settled a High Court action for €50,000.

Liam David Hanson (now 13) was travelling on the footpath along Westbrook Heights in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on July 14, 2016, when he hit what was believed to be a kitchen worktop left by workman on a garden wall and protruding onto the footpath.

Through his mother, Deborah Manning, of Moylaragh Crescent, Balbriggan, he sued Jamie Tiernan and Helen McCusker, both of Westbrook Heights, kitchen installers Tierney Kitchens Retail, of Stephenstown Business Park, Balbriggan, the East Coast Kitchen Factory and Ion Tomoiaga, both of KCR Business Estate, Kimmage, Co Dublin.

Conor Halpin SC, for Liam, said the boy did not see the wood until the last minute.

He sustained lacerations to his face and later received stitches which had left scarring to his forehead.

Counsel said an offer of €50,000 had been made to settle the case. The defendants had denied liability and had also pleaded contributory negligence.

There was no psychological issue about the scarring and the boy was a "very competent young man", counsel said.

His mother told the court she was happy with the offer.

After viewing the scarring on the boy via video link, Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy said the resolution of the scars was significant.

She approved the €50,000 offer and said it was a very good one.

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