THE biggest settlement ever in a personal injury case in Ireland was agreed at the High Court today when €11.5m was awarded to a 10-year old boy.
Cullen Kennedy suffered injuries in a car crash in 2008 that left him permanently confined to a wheelchair.
He was being driven to school by his mother, Margaret Kennedy, on 5 May, 2008. He was a rear seat passenger and was restrained in a booster seat.
But the Court heard that Margaret Kennedy suffered a momentary lapse of concentration and the car crossed the centre of the road and struck another car head-on. She was uninsured at the time.
Cullen, from Loughrea, Co. Galway, struck the windscreen and suffered catastrophic injuries.
Now a quadriplegic, he cannot breathe without assistance from a ventilator. He is being cared for on a 24 hour basis by both his mother and grandmother.
Before the accident, he was described in Court as a ‘’top of the class student’’, who was healthy and very close to his grandparents.
The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland will pay the settlement.
Justice Mary Irvine said it was an excellent settlement and she had never seen a better one.
Cullen was in court this morning for the judgement where Justice Irvine spoke with him.