Boy injured playing at creche awarded €120,000

Basketball unit fell on child, injuring his fingers


A young boy who was injured when a part of a basketball unit fell on him at a Dublin creche has settled his High Court action for €120,000.

Dawid Galek, now aged six, lost a little bit of the top of his ring finger and little finger in the incident, the court heard.

The child, of Waterside Walk, Malahide, Co Dublin had, through his father Krzysztof Galek, sued Kids Inc Ltd, which runs a creche at Seatown Road, Swords, Co Dublin.

It was claimed the boy, then aged four, was under the care, management, supervision and control of Kids Inc when part of a basketball unit fell on his left hand on September 11th, 2012, causing him injury.

It was also alleged there was failure to have any or any adequate regard for his safety.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the matter, which was before the court for assessment of damages only, had been settled for €120,000.

Senior Counsel Vincent Foley said the boy suffered the injuies to his left hand and had used that hand to write but now had an excellent grip with the right hand. The court heard the child had to have plastic surgery to his fingers and has been left with a shortened ring and little finger after the accident.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he had no hesitation in approving the settlement.