A €20,000 settlement has been approved in court for a young boy who was injured when a laptop he was using exploded.
Shane O’Sullivan sued Hewlett Packard Ireland, the manufacturers of the laptop, through his mother Anne Marie O’Sullivan for up to €60,000 damages for physical and psychological injuries he suffered as a result of the explosion at their home on Castle Street, Slane, Co Meath, on 4 October 2013.
Barrister Catriona Craddock told the Circuit Court that ten-year-old Shane, who was six at the time, was using the laptop on the dining table in the kitchen when it exploded and went on fire, causing him injury, mainly of a psychological nature.
"His mother threw it out onto the patio where it continued to burn," Ms Craddock said.
She added that Shane had suffered a darting pain going up his arm at the time and afterwards became anxious about all electrical appliances.
She said he had attended Dr Seamus Kiernan, Watergate Street, Navan, four days after the incident and had been referred for an electrocardiography (ECG) which showed no major abnormalities.
Shane had been reviewed on 18 November 2013 when it was noted he had suffered post-trauma stress as a result of the event.
He became very anxious and insisted on all electrical plugs being pulled out at night, she said.
Ms O'Sullivan, who appeared in court with her son, said in an affidavit that he had a further review in September 2015.
Apart from nervousness of electrical appliances, lights and electronics, and some minor post-trauma stress, he had recovered from the experience and was now participating in sports and all usual childhood activities.
"You have put the heart cross-ways in me," Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke told Ms Craddock.
"That's scary. You're telling me that none of us are safe leaving out laptops plugged in overnight," the judge added.
Ms Craddock said that Hewlett Packard Ireland had made a €20,000 settlement offer to Shane and she was recommending that the court accept it.
Mr Justice Groarke said he felt it was a good offer in the circumstances and approved it with costs.