€1.3m Settlement For Westmeath Boy In Lawnmower Accident

Written 3 years ago by Newsroom

A young boy from Westmeath, who had to have one of his legs amputated at the knee, has settled his High Court action for €1.3m.

Conor Dufficy of Cois na nAbhainn in Moate was just over five years old when he had an accident with a ride-on lawnmower on May 31, 2014.

Through his mother Niamh, he sued grandparents Richard and Evelyn Dufficy of Golf Links Road, Castletroy in Limerick.

The boy, who was playing, ran out from under a high shrub, slipped as he tried to avoid the mower and his left foot went under the machine.

Senior Counsel Oonagh McCrann told Mr Justice Kevin Cross the accident happened in the garden of Conor’s grandparents in Limerick.

It was claimed the boy was permitted to come into contact with the blades of a ride on lawnmower and suffered a catastrophic injury to his left leg.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to take any adequate precautions for his saftey while a ride on lawnmower was being operated, and that the mower had been operated in the vicinity of young children.

Ms McCrann told the court it was a tragic accident and Conor’s parents were happy with the settlement.

Approving the settlement Mr Justice Cross said it was a very good one and he wished the boy well for the future.