A female driver, who sustained severe back injuries after a car ran a red light and crashed into her, has been awarded 4.35 million Euros compensation for car crash injuries in Dublin´s High Court.
Claire Noone (25) from Enfield, County Meath was made the award after the High Court heard how, in November 2005, she and her boyfriend had been hit by the car as they were driving through Johnstown. Claire´s boyfriend, John Larkin, was killed in the accident and Claire sustained severe back injuries which limit her ability to walk more than short distances.
Claire claimed compensation for car crash injuries and, in the High Court, Mr Justice John Quirke made the award of 4.35 million Euros – critical of the fact that compensation law in Ireland only allowed him to award lump sum payments rather than regular annual payments. The judge described the situation as a lottery, as it is unclear how much the cost of care will be in years to come.