Woman (80) knocked down by van awarded €950k
Published 17/05/2014 | 02:30
A WOMAN aged 80 has settled a High Court action for €950k over an accident in which she was knocked down by a van.
Rose Amy Boughton led an active life before the accident but now requires 24-hour care, the court heard.
She used a walking stick as she went to meet her daughter when the accident happened at North Road, Finglas, Dublin, on December 19, 2012.
Mrs Boughton, of McKelvey Avenue, Finglas, through her daughter Carol McCormack, sued Bestsave Ltd of North Road, Finglas, and its employee Joseph Talbot.
Liam Reidy SC, for Mrs Boughton and her daughter, said the van was exiting a commercial premises and was about to turn left.
The driver said he did not see the pensioner.
She suffered a significant head injury and was taken to hospital where she remained for almost two months.
Prior to the accident, Mr Reidy said, Mrs Boughton led a full and active life involving daily walks and weekly shopping trips to Dublin city centre.
Approving the settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said she considered contributory negligence would have been 25pc if the case had gone ahead.