Young Limerick girl offered €55k following road accident

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court
THE mother of a young girl who was seriously injured when she was hit by a car while playing near her home on the southside of the city has rejected an offer of more than €55,000 in damages.

THE mother of a young girl who was seriously injured when she was hit by a car while playing near her home on the southside of the city has rejected an offer of more than €55,000 in damages.

This week, Limerick Circuit Court was told the girl, who is now aged six, sustained “substantial injuries” in the accident which happened at John Carew Park, Southill on July 4, 2013.

According to court documents the girl was crossing the road when her ankle was “caught by the car”.

The schoolgirl received extensive medical treatment following the accident but will have a permanent injury, which may require ongoing injections.

Judge Carroll Moran was told the girl still suffers from psychological issues and that there is an “open-ended prognosis”.

The court was told that through her mother, the girl initiated a legal action against the driver of the car.

Lawyers representing the girl’s mother said a settlement offer of €55,000 made by the Injuries Board was a “good award” in the event of the girl making a full recovery.

However, Judge Moran was told a recent medical report suggested she is still showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the prognosis is unclear and that it is know known if she will return to her “pre-accident state”.

The court heard the girl continues to suffer from night terrors and is sleepwalking and sleep talking at night.

After hearing the concerns of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Judge Moran agreed to adjourn the matter, for review, in Easter 2015.

In the meantime, the girl is to attend up to 10 sessions with a psychologist.