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Child Whiplash Injury Compensation results in £47,000 settlement

Circuit Court President Justice Matthew Deery approved an award of £47,000 for child whiplash injury compensation for injuries suffered by three siblings, after hearing how their mother’s car had been rear-ended in an accident which occurred in January 2007.

Rachael Hopkins (9) and her brothers Daniel (10) and Thomas (7) from had been passengers in a car driven by their mother Jennifer, when it was hit from the back by Ms Monica Carney of Lucan, County Dublin.

In a legal action brought through the children’s father, Thomas Hopkins, the court heard how the children had received treatment for recurrent and protracted symptoms of their injuries from the family GP and a specialist consultant.

The injuries had been more problematic for the two brothers, Daniel and Thomas, who were each approved an award of £16,000. An award of £13,300 was approved for Rachael Hopkins, and the compensation award will remain invested in court funds until they are 18 years of age.