Karen Brown (31) settled a €60,000 whiplash rear end collision injuries compensation claim against a motorist from Dun Laoghaire, in relation a rear end collision incident that occurred almost two years ago.
Ms Brown was travelling in car owned by her partner Pete Taylor on March 5 2017 when a car owned by Enda Curran car crashed into them at Upper Glenageary Road, Co Dublin. Ms Brown’s legal counsel, Barrister Paul Gallagher, told Circuit Court President Justice Raymond Groarke that a settlement had been agreed in her (Ms Brown’s) car accident compensation claim after negotiations with Mr Curran’s legal representatives and could be dismissed with an order for her legal expenses.
The Court was not informed if a similar whiplash compensation injury compensation claim had been lodged on behalf of Mr Taylor’s, who was driving the car that Ms Brown was travelling in at the time of the accident. Exact details of the settlement were not made available.
Mr Taylor accompanied Ms Brown throughout the settlement talks outside Circuit Civil Court No 28. Ms Brown alleged in her legal action that Enda Curran, of Highthorn Park, Dunlaoghaire, had shown a negligent attitude to driving when he crashed into the back of Mr Taylor’s vehicle in which she was a passenger.
She told the Judge that she had experienced whiplash injuries to her neck, shoulders and back and that pain had not subsided with the aid of painkillers. Due to this she attended to Dr Peter Joyce on May 25 at Beechlawn Medical Centre. Here the doctor said that she was suffering due to having some tenderness to her neck and upper back. Dr Joyce had prescribed her a course of anti-inflammatory tablets. However, but by early June she had noticed that the pain in her neck was only getting worse and that she was experiencing a constant dull ache with sharp headaches.
Brown claimed in her whiplash car crash legal action that she had been unable to work out due to the pain, something that she had done on a regular basis before the accident. An MRI of her cervical spine had been conducted and, following this, she had been advised that she should be seen by specialists.
Judge Groarke struck out the proceedings with an order for Ms Brown’s legal costs to be paid.