Tuesday 23 January 2018

Solicitor awarded €120,000 in damages for 'very serious injuries' sustained when hit by car while cycling

Mr Justice Michael Hanna
Mr Justice Michael Hanna

A solicitor with a well known Dublin law firm has been awarded €120,000 in damages after he was struck by a car while cycling to work.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna yesterday said that Julian Yarr, managing partner of A&L Goodbody, suffered "very serious injuries" after being involved in "a frightening" accident on the Rock Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, on July 26, 2011.

His sustained broken ribs, as well as injuries to his neck, shoulders and hands, the court was told.

Mr Yarr, Marlborough Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin, sued the driver of the car, Brian Biggins, of Culleen, Headford, Co Galway.

It was alleged that as Mr Yarr approached the entrance to the Blackrock Clinic the defendant  turned from the opposite side of the road and struck Mr Yarr.

Mr Yarr was thrown into the air, over the defendant's car and into the path of oncoming traffic. It was claimed Mr Biggins drove in a negligent manner resulting in injuries to Mr Yarr.

Liability in the action had been admitted and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Mr Justice Hanna said it was fortunate Mr Yarr had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident or his injuries could have been a lot worse. The court heard he spent eight days in hospital.

After considering all the evidence before the court, Mr Justice Hanna said Mr Yarr was entitled to a total of €120,000.

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