€8,500 Awarded for Personal Injury Action
A seven-year-old boy crunched his teeth into a metal screw buried in a piece of black pudding, a court was told yesterday.
Jennifer Murphy, for Daniel Hendricken, said the incident happened in August 2010. Ms Murphy said Daniel (now nine), Foxdene Green, Lucan, Co Dublin, loosened some of his teeth on the left side of his mouth when he chewed on the screw.
He had been given initial first aid and taken to his local dental clinic on his return home. He was referred to the Dublin Dental Hospital for specialist treatment.
His mother, Denise Hendricken, sued the pudding manufacturer, Loughnane’s of Galway and took a personal injury action on her son’s behalf.
Ms Murphy told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Matthew Deery that Seán Loughnane (Galway) Ltd had offered Daniel compensation of €8,500 which she was recommending to the court.
She said the boy had made a good recovery after a course of dental treatment at the dental hospital.
Mr Justice Deery approved the settlement, which was paid into court until Daniel is 18.