A BUS driver allegedly injured when a fire extinguisher was sprayed in his face by an intruder on his vehicle has settled his High Court action for damages.
Father of three, Marius Mihai, Clover Well, Bracklin Road, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, had been working as a driver for Dublin Bus on the 15 B route when on October 15, 2007, he was assaulted while parked at the terminus at Whitechurch, Rathfarnham, by an unknown assailant. He no longer works for the company.
As a result, he said he suffered injuries to his eyes and was unable to breath. He also claimed he suffered from post traumatic stress and has been unable to get on a bus since the attack.
In his claim for damages, he alleged Dublin Bus failed to protect him and was negligent. He also claimed he was exposed to a danger the company knew about, and failed to provide him with a safe place and system of work.
Dublin Bus denied the claims.
Following talks, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty was told the case had been settled and could be struck out. No details were revealed.
Mr Mihai earlier told the court he had just completed a run to Whitechurch when someone forced their way on to the bus and discharged the contents of a fire extinguisher at him.
He was covered from "head to toe" in white power. He could not see nor breath properly. He pressed the panic button in the bus in a bid to get help.
He was assisted by an inspector with Dublin Bus and by a local woman.
He was later taken to Tallaght hospital by ambulance.
He told the court he required on going treatment for his eye injuries.
Afterwards, he suffered from nightmares and depression. He has been unable to get on a bus since the assault.
He was offered alternative employment by Dublin Bus but was unable to take it up because it involved getting on a bus.
Prior to the incident his mental health had been fine he said.
He has since left the company and hopes to work in information technology.