Thursday 18 December 2014

€1m for grandmother who was knocked down and left in wheelchair while crossing a street with her granddaughter

Published 30/07/2014 | 16:46

Elena Schiopu (60) was hit after a car  stopped  to allow her and a buggy with her grand daughter in it to cross
Elena Schiopu (60) was hit after a car  stopped  to allow her and a buggy with her grand daughter in it to cross

A GRANDMOTHER left brain damaged and quadriplegic, after she was knocked down crossing a Dublin street, has settled her High Court action over the accident for €1m.

Elena Schiopu (60) was hit after a car  stopped  to allow her and a buggy with her grand daughter in it to cross.

But another car attempted to overtake on the inside and struck her.  Her grand daughter was not injured in the accident

Her counsel Michael Byrne  said Mrs Schiopu was looking the wrong way and there was no allegation of speeding .

"It was the most minor of tips with the most tragic consequences," he said.

She is now in the "worst of all worlds" and needs 24 hour nursing care, counsel said.

Approving the €1m settlement,t Ms Justice Mary Irvine was it was " such a distressing case" and she sympathised with the family.

Through her daughter Camelia Schiopu of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, Mrs Schiopu sued the driver of the car Eamon McElwain , Bloomfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin, as a result of the accident on September 9, 2011.

It was claimed that as Mrs Schiopu was crossing Morehampton Road, Mr McElwain attempted to undertake the other car when he ought to have known it was unsafe to do so.

The claims were denied.

The court heard Mrs Schiopu fell to the ground and though she suffered injuries, she went home.

She was later found to be confused with slurred speech and had a weakness of the left upper and lower limbs.

She was taken to hospital but her condition deteriorated further  and she remained in intensive care for 17 days.

The court heard Mrs Schiopu was quadriplegic and was unable to communicate.  She was transferred to a nursing home in 2012.

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