€63,000 for boy who suffered kidney injury in Tayto Park fall

A boy has received a settlement of almost €63,000 from the High Court, after suffering a kidney injury when falling as he got off a slide at Tayto Park in August 2013.

Seán Kelly, who is now 16, was 11 at the time of the accident at the park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

The court was told that Seán, from Coolkill, Sandyford, Dublin, had been told to wear shoe covers to reduce friction on the slide when he slipped in the ‘hazardous’ run-off area, and landed painfully on the edge of tubing.

It was said that the park failed to provide adequate supervision to the children when they were walking off the runoff area. The slide was said to be highly polished and slippery at that point, and it was suggested that the edges should have been coated with foam or rubber to reduce the risk of injury if a child fell on it. It was also suggested the slide should have been designed so that users would complete the entire run.

Sean suffered a kidney injury when he fell as he got off the slide. His GP referred him to Tallaght Paediatric Emergency Department where a CT scan showed he had a grade two injury to his kidney. It did not require surgery, but was treated with antibiotics and he had made a complete recovery by January 2014.

The settlement of €63,000 included €9,000 in medical expenses.