€20,000 for boy who cut eyebrow on bollard.

A seven-year-old boy who cut his eyebrow when he hit a bollard while walking with his mother in Dublin has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.  Counsel for the boy said the boy’s claim was based on the inadequacy of lighting at a taxi rank where the bollard was situated alongside a footpath.  The boy sued the owners of the shopping centre through his mother.  The mother told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she and her two young sons were walking along the footpath on the night of the incident when the boy hit the top side of a bollard with his left eyebrow.  The mother said he was taken to the emergency department of the hospital where a cut to his eyebrow had been closed with medical glue and paper stitches.  She said he had been left with an almost inch-long scar which fortunately remained partly hidden by his eyebrow.  Awarding the boy damages of €20,000, Judge Groarke said the court had to decide if reasonable care had been taken by the defendant to make sure that all people using the footpath were alerted to the fact that there was a bollard actually constructed in the footpath.  He said there was an edge to the bollard and “a child coming in contact with it was likely to sustain an injury”.