Friday 23 February 2018

GAA star settles his case over injuries in car crash

Tim Healy

FORMER Dublin GAA star Keith Barr has settled a High Court action in which he claimed that he suffers ongoing serious back pain problems from an injury in a traffic accident three years ago.

On the second day of his case against a driver who crashed into the back of his car while it was stopped at traffic lights, Liam Reidy, counsel for Mr Barr, told the court the matter had been settled and could be struck out.

Earlier, Mr Barr, an All-Ireland medal winner with Dublin in 1995 and twice-picked All-Star, told the court he worried about his future health and employment because of the lasting effects of the back injury.

"I am worried about the future and the condition I will be in in 12 months' time and even in five years' time, " he said.

The accident had also put him and his family under physical, mental and financial strain, he said.

Strain

After the settlement was reached, Mr Barr told the Irish Independent he was "pleased" but was unable to give details of the settlement.

Mr Barr, who works as a litigation manager with Liberty Insurance, sued Eric Gray arising out of the accident, which took place at Navan Road, Dublin, on July 22, 2009.

The court heard that the vehicle driven by Mr Gray, of Manor Street, Dublin, hit the rear of Mr Barr's car, then struck another car before rebounding and hitting Mr Barr's car again.

The case was before the court for assessment only.

The court heard that Mr Barr, a married father of three, may need a serious operation in the future as a result of his injury to prevent him ending up as a paraplegic.

In his evidence, Mr Barr said he had already undergone operations for his back since the accident and was anxious not to have more because he did not consider operations to be good for him -- especially as a young man with children.

He accepted that he would have ongoing pain in his back and was worried about whether he could continue in his job because it involves a great deal of travelling around the country. The pain that he suffers requires regular pain-killing medication.

Under cross-examination from Paul Burns, for Mr Gray, Mr Barr disagreed that he had had problems prior to the accident caused by two serious injuries -- a dislocated shoulder and a broken jaw -- sustained during his senior inter-county playing career.

He said he never had any back problems before the accident and while his shoulder would never be 100pc again because it was dislocated a number of times while he was a footballer, it had not caused him problems prior to the crash.

Irish Independent

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