A four-year-old child was left stranded and screaming on a Luas platform when the driver closed the doors before his mother could get off, a judge heard yesterday.
Barrister Fran Rooney told Judge John O'Connor in the Circuit Civil Court that Transdev Dublin Light Rail had offered the now 10-year-old Adam Fleming €40,000 damages to settle his personal injuries claim.Mr Rooney said Adam had been travelling on the Luas with his mother, Tracey Connolly, in December 2014.
At the Bluebell stop, the boy left the tram first and had been on the platform when the doors closed before his mother could get off, leaving him stranded.
Mr Rooney said Ms Connolly, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin, had been unable to leave the tram until the next stop at Blackhorse and had to get another Luas back to her terrified son.
The barrister said she had found Adam shocked and traum- atised and unable to make his situation known to others because of his panic.
The boy had since been treated by two doctors but still remained fearful and anxious and had developed a clinging attitude to his parents and family members.
Mr Rooney told the court that following settlement neg- otiations in May 2018, he had brought an offer of €25,000 before the court.
The boy's legal team had refused to recommend the offer, which had been agreed by the then Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke.
Mr Rooney told Judge O'Connor that the transport company had since increased its settlement offer to €40,000 and he was now recommending the court's acceptance of it.
Judge O'Connor approved the €40,000 settlement together with Circuit Court costs.