A TEENAGE boy from County Limerick who sued his mother following a minor road collision was awarded almost €14,000 in damages.
The boy, who is from the Rathkeale area and is now aged 17, initiated the Personal Injury claim through his father following the collision more than two years ago.
At Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran was told the accident happened near Charleville, County Cork on April 22, 2012 when the car being driven by the plaintiff’s mother “rear-ended” another vehicle.
The court was told the youth experienced pain in his neck and back as a result of the impact and underwent x-rays in hospital following the collision.
He was subsequently prescribed anti-inflammatories by his GP and suffered from restricted movement for some time afterwards.
Lawyers representing the boy, who were instructed by solicitor Michael O’Donnell, said their client sustained soft tissue injuries and attended a physiotherapist on three occasions following the collision. He also had a number of follow-up visits with his GP.
The teenager was examined by doctors on behalf of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) last December, who found that he was still suffering from “intermittent neck and back pain”.
Judge Moran was told the plaintiff, who has made a full recovery is now “pain free” but continues to suffer some stiffness.
He was was told that an award of €13,000 in general damages had been made by (PIAB) plus €782 in special damages, relating to monies already paid out by the plaintiff.
After being informed that both the boy and his father were happy with the settlement offer from PIAB, Judge Moran formally approved it.
The €782 in special damages must be paid to the youth’s solicitor in the coming weeks while the €13,000 in general damages, which must be lodged with the court, will not be paid out until the boy turns 18 later this year.
Separately, the Limerick Leader has learned that a number of other relatives of the youth, who were also in the car being driven by his mother on the date of the accident, have initiated personal injuries claims relating to injuries they sustained.
However, because, some of them are adults, any award recommended by PIAB does not have to be approved by the courts.