Sunday 17 December 2017

Grandmother brain-damaged in collision settles case for €1m

Camelia Schiopu leaves court. Pic: Courtpix
Camelia Schiopu leaves court. Pic: Courtpix

Tim Healy

A grandmother left brain damaged and quadriplegic after she was knocked down crossing a street, has settled her High Court action over the accident for €1m.

Elena Schiopu (60) was hit after a car stopped to allow her and a buggy with her granddaughter in it to cross.

But another car attempted to overtake on the inside and struck her.

Her counsel, Michael Byrne, said Mrs Schiopu was looking the wrong way and there was no allegation of speeding.

She is now in the "worst of all worlds" and needs 24 hour nursing care, counsel said.

Approving the €1m settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said it was "a distressing case".

Through her daughter, Camelia Schiopu, of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, Mrs Schiopu sued the driver of the car, Eamon McElwain, Bloomfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin.

It was claimed that as Mrs Schiopu was crossing Morehampton Road on September 9, 2011, Mr McElwain attempted to overtake the other car when he ought to have known it was unsafe to do so.

The claims were denied.

The court heard Mrs Schiopu fell to the ground and though she suffered injuries, she went home, but was later taken to hospital. She was transferred to a nursing home in 2012.

The court heard Mrs Schiopu was quadriplegic and was unable to communicate.

Irish Independent

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