Boy awarded €42,500 after cutting face on crèche fence.

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A boy (9) who tripped at a crèche and hit his head off a wire fence, cutting his forehead and cheek, has been awarded €42,500 in damages at the Circuit Civil Court.  The boy was playing outside under the care of the crèche when he fell and hit his head off the fence.  Counsel for the boy, who sued through his father Barry Hickey, said the boy suffered cuts to his face and was brought to hospital.  He said the boy suffered a 3cm cut to his forehead and a second one measuring 0.5cm under his right eye.  Both wounds were closed using paper steri-strips. He was later seen by a plastic surgeon who considered there was no need for surgical intervention.  The barrister said the boy had been left with two scars which are visible from conversational distance. Doctors believe the scars will continue to heal in the next year to 18 months.  Counsel said it had been alleged the crèche had been negligent and had failed to take adequate precautions for the safety of the child while he was on their premises. The crèche entered a defence to the claim.  The barrister said a fence encircling the playground had been defective and dangerous and the crèche owners had failed to check it on a regular basis.  Mr Justice Raymond Groarke approved the settlement offered and awarded the boy €42,500 with his legal costs.