Accident victim in €5m settlement
A 24-YEAR-OLD woman who was left brain damaged when a car she was a passenger in struck a tree has secured more than €5m in a High Court settlement.
Caroline Bogue, Coragh, Belturbet, Co Cavan, will require care for the rest of her life as a result of the accident, which occurred on May 1, 2003, outside Belturbet when she was 17.
The case was brought against Ms Bogue's cousin, Declan Bogue, who was the driver of the car, his brother Ciaran, the owner of the car, as well as against the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
The award was against Ciaran Bogue and the MIBI. Liability was denied.
It was alleged in a statement of claim that Ms Bogue was a front-seat passenger and was believed to be wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.
She was admitted to Cavan Hospital where a CT scan of the brain showed haemorrhages.
Making the award, Mr Justice John Quirke once again said the case highlighted the need for a new system of staged payments in personal injuries cases -- which it is hoped will be brought in in 18 months' time.