A boy, who suffered a broken leg and head injuries in a cycling accident with a car, has been awarded 100,000 Euros in settlement of his child bicycle injury claim at Dublin´s High Court.
Bartosz Zakrzewski (11) from Birr in County Offaly was involved in the accident in July 2010 as he cycled along An Coran Street in Birr on his three-wheeled bicycle. His bicycle was hit by a car with such force that he was thrown across the road – suffering head injuries and lacerations to his body while also sustaining a broken leg.
Through his mother – Monika – Bartosz made a child bicycle injury claim against the driver of the car – Caitriona Kelly, also of Birr, County Offaly. Ms Kelly denied that she had been driving negligently or that she was liable for Bartosz´s injuries and, due to the potential amount of damages that could be awarded in a case of this nature, Bartosz´s child bicycle injury claim was scheduled to be heard at the Dublin High Court.
However, at the High Court, Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard that an agreement had been reached that would see Bartosz receive 100,000 Euros without Ms Kelly having to make an admission of liability. Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard the circumstances of the claim and approved the award – stating as she did that she had sympathy for both the Zakrzewski family and Ms Kelly.