Girl who broke ankle in garden of her council house gets €35,000 damages.

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A schoolgirl who broke her ankle when she stepped in a pothole while playing in her back yard has been awarded €35,000 damages against Dublin City Council.  The girl told the Circuit Civil Court the incident happened just over 18 months ago when she was 14.  She suffered a non-displaced intraarticular fracture which has a higher risk of developing post traumatic osteoarthritis, Counsel for the girl told Circuit Court President, Mr Judge Raymond Groarke. An intraarticular fracture is a break which crosses into the surface of a joint.  The girl’s ankle twisted in a hole in the tarmacadam surface of the backyard of her local authority home and she was taken to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. X-rays had revealed a fracture and her ankle was later put in a cast for five weeks.  Judge Groarke, who approved the settlement offer of €35,000, heard the girl suffered from a limp for a short while after the incident but had since made a complete recovery.  Counsel for the girl said Dublin City Council was not only the local authority responsible for the area but was the landlord for the development and had an inspection and maintenance function. Complaints had been made to the council prior to the incident about the unsafe condition of the yard.