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Longford schoolboy who lost tip of finger at school awarded €40,000

Nov 16, 2021 12:11 By Shannonside News
Longford schoolboy who lost tip of finger at school awarded €40,000 Longford schoolboy who lost tip of finger at school awarded €40,000
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The boy lost his finger when it was caught in a door in 2019.

A Longford boy who lost the tip of one of his fingers when it became caught in a bathroom door at school two years ago has settled his High Court action for €40,000.

The boy, who was five years old at the time, suffered the amputation of the tip of his right little finger.

The High Court heard the little boy had to have two surgeries and his little finger is permanently short.

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Seven-year-old Conor Bissett, Cnoc na Greine, Granard, Co Longford had through his mother Tanya Bissett sued St Colmcille's National School, Augnacliffe, Co Longford as a result of the accident on May 22, 2019.

In an affidavit to the court, Conor's mother Tanya Bissett said her son suffered a complete amputation at the tip of the little finger.

The amputated part she said was placed in milk and transferred with him to hospital.

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On arrival at the Dublin hospital, the finger was noted to be very macerated and grafting of the tip could not take place.

Ms Bissett said the finger had completely healed but there was a problem with nail growth though he had a full range of motion in the finger.

She said her son now has a two cms scar and while he has a full range of motion of the finger she said doctors believe his little right finger is permanently short.

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Approving the settlement Mr Justice Garrett Simons said it was a very good one in all the circumstances of the case and said the accident happened as the boy attended school and his hand got caught in the bathroom door.

At issue in the case was whether the bathroom door was too heavy and closed too quickly.

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