Court Approved Settlement for Child’s Fall from Window

A judge in Dublin’s Circuit Court has approved the five-figure settlement of compensation made to a five year-old for injuries she sustained by falling out of a window.

The accident happened at a property in Blackrock, Dublin, when fifteen-month-old Róisín Byrne fell from a window onto a fire escape below. The little girl sustained severe injuries to her head and torso because of the elven-foot fall, including fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Róisín, now five, has since recovered, though still bears a scar on her head.

The window from which she fell, a Georgian sash window, was a known hazard by her parents Chloe Murphy and Ronan Byrne, as it does not open far from the ground. With their small child in mind, they requested that the caretaker of the property install a lock to prevent any accidents, though this was never done.

Chloe, acting on her daughter’s behalf, sought legal advice and then made a claim for assessment with the Injuries Board Ireland. Enda Woods, who owns the property, consented to the assessment, which valued the claim for compensation – based upon Chloe’s injuries – at €46,000.

This value was agreed to be fair by both parties, though before it could be awarded, it had to be approved by a judge to ensure that it was in Róisín’s best interests. The claim was then heard at the Circuit Court, as its value exceeded €15,000.

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard details of Róisín’s accident and approved the settlement for personal injury compensation.The settlement will be paid into court funds until Róisín’s eighteenth birthday.