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Ex GAA star Barr settles over crash injuries

FORMER Gaelic footballer Keith Barr has settled a High Court action in which he claimed he suffered 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, 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.

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

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

The court heard 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.

Emergency

The court heard yesterday 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.

Such operations are required on an emergency basis if certain symptoms are detected, his counsel Mr Reidy said.

So far, he did not require such an operation but he faces the worry and there was a "real risk" that he may need it, counsel said.

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

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