Damages for sisters injured in Limerick collision

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court
THREE sisters who were injured when a car being driven by their mother crashed into a wall have been awarded almost €60,000 in damages.

THREE sisters who were injured when a car being driven by their mother crashed into a wall have been awarded almost €60,000 in damages.

The girls, who were aged 5, 6 and 14 at the time were passengers in the car which hit the wall after their mother was forced to take evasive action to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

This Tuesday, Limerick Circuit Court was told the accident happened on the main Bruff to Hospital Road on April 30, 2012.

The three girls, who each initiated separate legal actions against the driver of the second car, were seen by their GP following the collision and medical reports, submitted to the court, show they have made a good recovery since and that there are no outstanding issues.

Eimear Carey BL, representing the plaintiffs added that a report from a clinical psychologist showed the prognosis is good.

Having heard submissions and read the various reports, Judge John Hannan approved an offer of €20,000 in general damages in the case of the younger sisters - who are now aged 8 and 9.

He also ordered that their legal costs be paid.

Separately, he approved an offer of €17,500 in general damages in the case of the oldest sister, who is due to turn 18 early next year.

The teenager was awarded an additional €10,000 in damages relating to a separate road collision on October 15, 2013.

The court was told on that occasion, the girl was a passenger in a car which was involved in a head-on collision with another car at Cook’s Cross on the same stretch of road as the first accident.

Judge Hannan noted that the plaintiff’s mother was the driver on both occasions.