Friday 30 September 2016

Girl (16) left profoundly deaf after family car accident in driveway settles €1m action

Tim Healy

Published 08/03/2016 | 16:49

Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX
Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX

A GIRL left profoundly deaf after the family car accidentally rolled along the driveway of her home and crushed her carry cot when she was a baby has settled her High Court action for €1 million.

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Emma Farrell (now 16), Beverly Rise, Knocklyon, Dublin, had sued her mother Angela Farrell  as a result of the accident when she was just seven months old. She sued through her father Noel Farrell.

She is profoundly deaf, but can lip read and is doing well at secondary school, the court heard.

Her counsel, Patrick O'Connell, said the accident occurred on June 28, 2000, after Emma's mother parked her car in the driveway of their home.

The driveway slopes towards the house and the baby in the carry cot was placed on the ground, counsel said.  However, the car moved forward crushing the cot against the porch of the house, he said.

A neighbour ran to help and managed to reverse the car off the carry cot.  Emma was rushed to hospital.

Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court yesterday after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX
Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court yesterday after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX

Counsel said the baby suffered serious head injuries including a skull fracture  and was transferred to Beaumont Hospital Intensive Care Unit. She was discharged from hospital a month later.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.

Speaking directly to Emma, the judge told her she was doing well in school and he was sure she will do well for herself in whatever career she chooses.

"You are a joy to your parents, " he said and allowed for the payout of €5,000 towards "a well deserved holiday."

Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX
Noel and Angela Farrell, of Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin, leaving court after the hearing. PIC: COURTPIX

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