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Woman (24) gets s4m for road injury horror

A YOUNG woman left severely brain-damaged after being knocked down by a car is to receive a €4m settlement after her High Court action.

Jennifer Courtney (24) had sued the driver over injuries she suffered after being struck while crossing a road in Coolock, Dublin, in 2007.

Her father, Hugh Courtney, was clearly upset as the court approved the settlement yesterday. "I'm just glad it's over," he said.

Two weeks ago, approval of the €4m settlement was deferred after a judge complained again about delays in bringing laws to provide for life-long payments.


Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the failure, in "a civilised society", to ensure catastrophically injured children receive adequate payments for their lifelong care was "unconscionable".

Through her father, Ms Courtney, Westpark Estate, Artane, Dublin, had sued Jiao Hong Gang, Dunsaithne Grove, Fleming Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

The €4m settlement offer was made on the basis of a 50/50 split in liability. Ms Courtney was in a coma after the accident but is now alert. It is claimed she is unable to work and will require long-term care.