A 28-YEAR-old man who suffered serious injuries in a car crash after he took a lift home from a party has settled his action for damages for €1.75m.
Caimin Walsh, a university graduate who had travelled the world, suffered brain damage after the car he was in ploughed into a field and rolled over at Carrig, Birr, Co Offaly.
The court heard the driver of the car was allegedly drunk at the time and a test later showed a very significant amount of alcohol in his system.
Through his mother, Olive Walsh of Birr, Co Offaly, he sued the driver, Bernard Markey, the owner Mary Markey, both of Birr, and the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
The settlement was against Mary Markey and the MIBI. Counsel said Mr Walsh had no recollection of the events of the accident.
Ruling the settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said there was a real risk that if the case went to trial Mr Walsh could lose because of his inability to remember what had happened, due to his injuries.
She said she had no hesitation in approving the settlement.