Tuesday 24 October 2017

Man (22) who suffered brain injury as a child in road accident settles High Court action for €5million

Four Courts
Four Courts

Tim Healy

A 22-YEAR-old man who suffered a brain injury as a child in a road accident has settled his High Court action for €5million.

Kyle Duffy was only five years old, and one of four young children travelling in a car at the time of the accident near Swinford, Co Mayo on December 11, 1998.

Kyle, now 22, from Castlehill Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, also lost his grandfather in the accident.

Through his father,Thomas Duffy, he sued Gleneagle Woodcraft Ltd, Railway Yard, Oldcastle, Kells, Co Meath, as a result of the road traffic accident.

It was claimed that a vehicle owned by Gleneagle was driving at an excessive speed.  It was alleged the vehicle turned right across the roadway and directly in to the pathway of the car in which the child was a passenger.

The claims were denied.

John Jordan SC, for the family, said Kyle had done extremely well despite his brain injury, was an independent man and had completed a degree in social studies.

He suffered an acquired brain injury as well as orthopaedic injuries in the accident.

After the accident, he was taken to hospital with a depressed skull fracture and later had a left sided weakness.

He went to the National Rehabilitation Centre and was discharged in February 1999.

Counsel told the court each of Kyle's parents had to give up their work at one stage to look after their son.

 Mr Justice Anthony Barr said it was an excellent settlement.

He wished Kyle well remarking that he was a man of considerable intelligence and ability.

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