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Girl who got struck with ‘untaped’ hurley gets awarded €40,000




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A 15-year-old camogie player who was left with a scar on her leg after being hit by an “untaped” Hurley has been awarded almost €40,000 in damages against Cumann Na mBunscol Átha Cliath, reports RTE.

Attorney Deirdre Byrne told Judge John O’Connor in Circuit Court of Session that Hurley had a metal band that should have been taped over for security reasons.

Ms Byrne, who featured Stuart Gilhooly of HJ Ward Solicitors, said Jenna McGovern played in the school final at Croke Park for St Kevin’s Primary School, Kilnamanagh, against Balgaddy School, Lucan, Co Dublin when she was 11.

A lawyer told the court that Jenna, 24, from Parkhill Rise in Kilnamanagh, Dublin, was hit on the back of her left leg by a Hurley with a metal band around it, causing a bruise. The injury occurred on June 11, 2019.

The girl’s mother, Suzie McGovern, recounted the incident in court in a sworn statement, saying the match was organized by Kuman na Mbunskol, reports RTE.

Her daughter initially had her wound cleaned and steri-striped at Croke Park.

She then went to the emergency department at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, where the wound was treated with more anesthetic gel and seven stitches were placed.

Ms. Byrne told Judge O’Connor that Jenna had been given painkillers and had been out of school for about a week, reports RTE.

Ms Byrne said the injury committee assessed the damages under the personal injury guidelines adopted by the Judiciary Council two years ago at €38,000 for general damages and €1,183 for medical fees and general expenses.

Ms Byrne said Cumann Na mBunscol accepted the Injury Board’s assessment, as did Jenny’s mother, through whom she filed the case.

“I think the settlement offer fair and reasonable in respect of the scar injury and I have no hesitation in recommending it to the court,” Ms Byrne said, reports RTE.

Judge O’Connor said he considered the offer appropriate in the circumstances and approved it, ordering that €38,000 be paid to the court on behalf of Jana and special damages of €1,183 paid to her lawyer.

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