€15k damages for toddler injured in Limerick crash

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TODDLER who was injured in a road accident almost two years ago has been awarded €15,000 in damages.

A TODDLER who was injured in a road accident almost two years ago has been awarded €15,000 in damages.

The girl, who is now aged two-and-a-half, was a rear-seat passenger in her mother’s car which was hit by another vehicle at Main Street, Foynes on December 24, 2010.

Judge Carroll Moran was told the girl, who was aged eight months at the time sustained bruising to her forehead in the impact but that her injuries did not require an X-ray.

Limerick Circuit Court was told the toddler suffered additional shock and distress as she was removed from the vehicle for over an hour following the accident.

In addition to being monitored by her GP, she attended play therapy and a psychotherapist in the months following the accident.

Affidavits lodged with the court stated that the toddler was “upset and frightened” as a result of her ordeal and that her sleep patterns were disturbed for some time afterwards.

However, a report from her GP stated that all of the issues have since resolved themselves.

The child’s mother said she was satisfied with the offer of compensation, which was approved by Judge Moran.

In addition to the €15,000 damages, an additional sum of €2,200 was also approved to compensate for monies already spent by the toddler’s family as a result of the accident.