€40,000 personal injury compensation has been awarded to a boy who broke his left elbow in an accident involving a bouncy castle.
The young male, Rean Jay Cabangal, fell from the bouncy castle at the Courtyard Hotel in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Representing the boy at the Circuit Civil Court, Barrister Tom Clarke, appearing with Dillon Geraghty Solicitors, informed the Judge that it was not known if the boy had been shoved or taken forcibly from the castle during ‘horseplay’. He said that there had been no adult supervision when the incident occurred.
Mr Clarke informed presiding Judge Pauline Codd that the fall had left Rean with a grossly displaced fracture of his elbow. IN the immediate aftermath of the incident he was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Here he underwent immediate surgery to heal the break with the placement of K Wires. Following the procedure his arm had been in plaster for six weeks. Dr Ahmad Jabal, in an official medical report, stated Rean’s injury could be very serious one often associated with damage to nerves and blood vessels. he added that the boy was fortunate to have made such a good recovery.bRean, now aged 15, had been back playing football within six months of the accident occurring.
Rean, of Supple Hall Dunshaughlin, took the legal action via his mother Leonida Sanico against Moriarty Investments Limited, operating as the Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip, and Ian Radford and Laura Boland, who trade as Dreamtime Bouncy Castles, Lucan, Co Dublin, for €60,000 child accident injury compensation.
Rean, Mr Clarke informed the Judge, had been attending a post Confirmation party at the Courtyard hotel with his friend when the accident took place on April 23, 2016. At the time of the accident there had been no adult supervision of the bouncy castle. As part of the agreement for the bouncy castle company to provide the equipment the hotel had committed to ensuring that there would be adult supervision at all times when it was being used.
Despite the court order approving the €40,000 settlement was made against both defending parties, it is thought that the hotel operators had given Dreamtime Bouncy Castles an undertaking that they would accept responsibility for compromising the legal proceedings. Judge Codd gave her approval for the €40,000 injury compensation settlement. This award will be placed in court funds until Rean reaches the age of 18 on September 10, 2023.