A seven-year-old girl has been awarded damages of £3,000 from a pub chain after trapping her finger in a cupboard door.
Caitlyn Ratcliffe was at a friend’s birthday party at a ‘Wacky Warehouse’ when the accident happened. A member of staff accessed a cupboard that had a self-closing mechanism. Caitlyn’s middle finger on her right hand became trapped in the door frame.
The accident crushed the bone in her finger and she also developed an infection in the nail. The finger was in a splint for three months, and Caitlyn was unable to write at school and had difficulty doing things for herself at home. The injury took a year to heal fully.
The family brought a claim against the pub chain and, following a court hearing, a compensation settlement of £3,000 was agreed. The money is to be held in trust for Caitlyn until she is 18 years old.