€43,000 for girl who broke her elbow in slip on gravel.

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A six-year-old girl who fractured her elbow after slipping on loose gravel outside her home has been awarded damages of €43,000 in the Circuit Civil Court.  Judge John O’Connor heard yesterday that the girl had been crossing the road when she slipped on gravel and banged her left elbow against a wall.  The barrister for the girl told the court that following the accident she had been taken to hospital.  He added that she had been noted to have swelling to her elbow.  Counsel for the girl said she had been placed in a temporary back slab to immobilise her injury and had been referred to the X-ray department for imaging of her elbow.  He said she sued the local authority and Irish Water.  She had been diagnosed with a fracture to her elbow and that she had been reviewed later in the day by an orthopaedic surgeon who told her she could go home for the night.  He said the orthopaedic surgeon had told the girl she had to fast for the night and to return the following morning for a theatre admission to repair her fracture.  The girl’s elbow had been repaired with K-wire fixation and she had worn a cast for six weeks.  The barrister recommended a settlement offer of €43,000 from the local authority and Irish Water, which Judge O’Connor approved.