Saturday 24 March 2018

GP is awarded €670,000 after horse landed on car

Tim Healy

A DOCTOR injured when a stray horse landed on the roof of the car he was driving has been awarded €668,352 in damages in the High Court.

The court heard Thomas Breslin (46), a GP, of Ballyrea Wells, Ballyedmond, Co Wexford, would have to work part time or retire early as a result of injuries he sustained in the accident.

Dr Breslin sued the owner of the horse, Richard Johnston of Ballinastraw House, Monamolin, Gorey, Co Wexford. Liability was conceded and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Richard McDonnell SC, for Dr Breslin, said the accident occurred on January 15, 2007, when one of the defendant's horses escaped from a field at Ballyedmond. Dr Breslin was driving his car when the horse suddenly landed on the roof of his car.

He later had a fusion of the cervical vertebrae and a plate inserted into his neck.

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