A teenager who lost an eye after being struck by a ball on a golf course has been awarded more than €240,000 after taking a High Court action.
Dean Boyle, 22, from Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth was 15-years-old when he went with a teenage friend to play at Julianstown Golf Course in Co Meath on August 13 2007.
As a result of the accident, at the second hole, he had to have his left eye removed and a prosthetic eye inserted.
In the personal injuries claim, it was said that Mr Boyle was struck by the ball as a result of a failure to ensure, ‘there was a safe approach to the second tee for players walking from the first green.’
It was also claimed there was a large hedge that forced players to access and leave the tee box ‘from in front of where players teeing are playing from.’
Mr Boyle had taken his shot and returning to his golf bag when his friend teed off and he was struck by the ball.
After the accident he was taken to A&E at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where he was seen by doctors and referred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
He was taken there by ambulance and seen by Professor Michael O’Keeffe.
Mr Boyle had his eye removed and a prosthetic eye was put in in November 2007.
He has had further surgery since.
He has difficulty sleeping, has been depressed, suffered a loss of self-esteem and has become very self-conscious.
He suffers from headaches and finds it difficult to concentrate.
A keen sports player, he was unable to continue playing contact sports it was claimed.
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