An eight-year-old boy, who fell and lacerated his forehead at a hotel more than five years ago, has been awarded €25,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court. The Barrister for the child told the Judge that no-one saw the then toddler fall and strike his head against a metal stairs hand rail outside the hotel in July 2013 and for that reason he was recommending the court’s approval of a €25,000 settlement offer. The boy struck his head against a very sharp corner of the metal railing and the defendant had entered a full defence to the boy’s claim. The defendant pleaded that the accident had effectively been caused by the boy himself and forensic engineers, who had examined the rails, had agreed they fully complied with regulations. “The accident was not witnessed by anyone and no-one knows how it happened,” counsel told the court. Judge O’Kelly, who consulted a plastic surgeon’s medical report, said the scar was a prominent one on the centre of the boy’s forehead and he was gravely concerned that were the case to run to full trial, particularly in circumstances where a full defence had been entered and the boy was so young as to have no recollection of the incident, it could be lost. The judge approved the settlement offer.