Footballer's €38k knee gash claim is settled
A soccer player who gashed his knee while training has settled a €38,000 damages claim against his club, Darndale Rovers, and O'Tooles GAA Club.
Conor Kearney, counsel for Darren Carroll who was 39 when the incident occurred, told the Circuit Court that the case had been settled for an undisclosed sum and could be struck out against both clubs, who had entered a full defence in the case.
He said there had been talks with Paul O'Neill, counsel for O'Tooles GAA, where the training had been taking place, and with Ivan Daly, counsel for Darndale Rovers.
Window cleaner Mr Carroll (46), of Buttercup Park, Darndale, Dublin, had been training with team-mates on an all-weather pitch at Blunden Drive, Ayrfield, Dublin.
Mr Carroll claimed he had gone in for a tackle and had continued sliding into a steel upright in a chain-link fence causing a 6in knee laceration.
Mr Carroll had been taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where what was described as "an extensive horizontal laceration across his right knee joint" had been cleaned and sutured in layers under local anaesthetic.
Mr Carroll stated that by March 2012 his knee was sore when it was cold and he had been left with a permanent scar. It took about eight months for "a reasonable recovery".