A WELDER who has difficulty kneeling after he hurt his knee in a car accident was yesterday awarded a total of €158,000 by the High Court.
Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley said as a result of the accident, Michael Hogan has problems with kneeling and there was medical evidence that the knee would not get any better.
Mr Hogan (39) of Knockdalton, Nenagh, Co Tipperary had sued Edmund Ryan of Duala Village, Cashel, Co Tipperary as a result of the accident in Co Tipperary on September 4, 2008.
Mr Hogan who was a passenger in a van driven by another person was dozing in a back seat when the accident occurred.
The van Mr Hogan was in careered across the road on impact and went through a wall. Mr Hogan's knee struck the seat in front of him and he suffered knee and back injuries.
Ms Justice O'Malley, awarding Mr Hogan a total of €158,0000, said he already had to have one operation on his knee and he may also have to have further surgery.