All-Ireland winner Keith Barr sues over injuries in car crash
FORMER Gaelic footballer Keith Barr is suing for damages in the High Court arising out of a road traffic accident which left him with with an ongoing back injury.
Mr Barr, an All-Ireland medal winner with Dublin in 1995 who works as a litigation manager with an insurance company, has brought a legal action against Eric Gray arising out of the accident at Navan Road, Dublin, on July 29, 2009.
The court heard the vehicle driven by Mr Gray, of Manor Street, Dublin, collided with the rear of Mr Barr's car while it was stationary at traffic lights.
The case opened yesterday before Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh and is for assessment of damages only.
It is claimed the severity of the initial collision was such that Mr Gray's car then hit a parked vehicle from which it rebounded and again collided with Mr Barr's car.
Mr Barr, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered immediate pain and discomfort in his right shoulder and lower back, it is claimed. While he did not require to be removed from the accident scene, he was later prescribed strong anti-inflammatory medication and had to undergo physiotherapy as a result of the collision.
He later needed treatment for loss of power and pain in his right shoulder as well as serious pain in his lower back, it is claimed. Mr Barr, who had no prior history of back pain, is at risk of developing disc bulging.
It is significantly affecting his ability to perform his work duties, it is claimed, and he is facing the prospect of having to give up work.
Mr Barr told the court yesterday he played football at club, county, inter-provincial and international level and suffered two serious injuries early in his career, a dislocated shoulder and broken jaw.
However, he did not have any ongoing problems with these injuries prior to the road accident, he said.
The hearing continues.