Injured welder awarded €158k

A WELDER who has difficulty kneeling after he hurt his knee in a car accident has been awarded €158,000 by the High Court.

MS Justice Iseult O'Malley said as a result of the accident, Michael Hogan has problems with kneeling and there was medical evidence that the knee would not get any better.

Mr Hogan (39) of Knockdalton, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, had sued Edmund Ryan of Duala Village, Cashel, Co Tipperary, as a result of the accident in Co Tipperary on September 4, 2008.

He was a passenger in a van driven by another person and was dozing in a back seat when the accident occurred.

The van careered across the road on impact and went through a wall. Mr Hogan's knee struck the seat in front of him and he suffered knee and back injuries.

Ms Justice O'Malley, awarding Mr Hogan a total of €158,0000, said he already had to have one operation on his knee and he may also have to have further surgery.

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