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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Awarded damages

A CHILD who suffered a neck injury in a car crash and ended up having nightmares as a result was awarded damages of €10,000 by Judge Donagh McDonagh at the Circuit Court in Sligo.

The award was made to Natalia Kiljanska (6) who had sued through her mother, Karolina Kiljanska of Market House, Market Yard, arising from the crash at Pearse Road on November 19th 2010.

The court was told that the girl, who was five at the time, was a backseat passenger in a car driven by her stepfather, Noor Mohammed which was in collision with a car driven by Kola Gentjan who was uninsured. The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland were also joined as defendants in the court.

Mr Keith O'Grady BL with Mr Gerard McGovern, solicitor, said there had been visible bruising on the right side of the girl's neck following the accident as a result of the child seat restraint.

The injury healed within a month but she had also suffered from nightmares and was nervous when travelling in her mother's car. The nightmares had now ended. Mr O'Grady said the Personal Injuries Assessment had made an offer of €10,000 which he was happy to recommend.

The child's mother was also happy with her daughter's current state of progress.

Judge McDonagh said he wouldn't describe the offer as generous but was it realistic.

He awarded the plaintiff €10,000 with costs.

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