€20,000 damages for teen injured in Limerick crash

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TEENAGE girl who was injured in a road collision in the car park of the Crescent Shopping Centre almost 18 months ago has been awarded €20,000 in damages.

A TEENAGE girl who was injured in a road collision in the car park of the Crescent Shopping Centre almost 18 months ago has been awarded €20,000 in damages.

The girl, who is now aged 17, initiated legal action through her mother as a result of the accident, which happened on November 9, 2011.

An offer of €20,000 in damages plus costs was recommended after the case was adjudicated by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

Barrister Michael Fitzgibbon told Limerick Circuit Court his client was a front seat passenger in her mother’s car, which was hit by another vehicle.

Although the other car hit the driver’s side of the car, the teenager sustained “whiplash type injuries” as a result of the impact.

She required medical treatment after the collision and she suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for several months afterwards.

A number of medical reports were submitted to the court outlining the nature of the injuries sustained by the young girl.

Mr Fitzgibbon said his client no longer experiences difficulties and he said she has gone on to make a full recovery.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he was recommending the offer of damages, which he said was “a very good offer”.

The young girl’s mother, who was present in court, said she too was happy with the amount being offered to her daughter.

Judge Caroll Moran approved the offer.