A young boy, who lost his right leg in an accident on a Waterford farm, has had a 1.28 million Euros settlement of compensation for amputated leg approved at Dublin´s High Court.
TJ Kearns (17) from Viewmount, County Waterford, was just nine years of age when he lost his leg in April 2001 in an accident on his uncle´s farm. As he was riding in a tractor, driven by an adult, TJ got his right leg tangled in the power harrow that was attached and, although emergency services rushed him to hospital, his injuries were so severe that the leg had to be amputated.
Mr Justice John Quirke at Dublin´s High Court heard that TJ spent many months at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghire and, although described as having responded well to the treatment, TJ now relies on an artificial leg to get around. Liability for the injury had been admitted by TJ´s uncles and the amputated leg claim was before him for approval of compensation only.
Having heard TJ´s story, Mr Justice John Quirke said that he had “no hesitation” in approving the 1.28 million Euros settlement of compensation for amputated leg and added that “no money could compensate TJ fully for what he had suffered”.