A very accomplished young athlete, who suffered the agony of walking for weeks on an undetected broken bone in her right foot, has been awarded almost €44,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court. Barrister for the girl told Judge John O’Connor that an x-ray of her foot following a fall in the car park had not revealed any bone injury. The barrister went on to say an MRI scan taken later while she was on holiday in Bahrain revealed she had a fractured fifth metatarsal in her right foot, the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. The court heard that the girl had been taken by her father to the hospital while on holiday following complaints of further pain and the fracture was discovered there. A medical report by a Consultant stated the girl had endured considerable suffering as a result of the accident which occurred when she tripped on an open drain shore at the car park. The court heard she had been taken to hospital following the accident, but the fracture had not been detected. The barrister informed the Court that the girl was an accomplished athlete and had played hockey and tennis for her school and was a keen sailor. He said the Personal Injuries Board had assessed her claim for compensation at €43,763 and he was recommending the court accept the offer by the car park’s insurers. Judge O’Connor approved the settlement with costs.