A man who sustained life-changing injuries in a road crash five years ago has settled his personal injury compensation action for €3.5m at the High Court today.
The man, 59-year-old Finian McKenna, has been restricted to life in a wheelchair due to the road traffic accident that took place five years ago.
Mr McKenna told the High Court that he had been driving his car near Dunganny, Trim, Co Meath, when a Farrelly Transport vehicle crashed into him as it was overtaking, or attempting to overtake, a number of parked vehicles. It was also alleged that the owners of the parked vehicles had left them in a dangerous and unsafe place. All of these claims were denied by the defendants.
Mr McKenna experienced many fractures and was in hospital for 12 months. His injuries meant that he is restricted to a wheelchair. Justice Cross told the High Court that Mr McKenna is now being cared for by his brother, Shane.
Justice Cross said Mr McKenna sustained serious injuries through no fault of his own. The settlement figure had been agreed to be all parties so the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.
With an address at Beechmount Gardens, Navan, Co Meath, Mr McKenna sued Castlekeeran Transport Ltd, operating as Farrelly Transport, with offices at Carnaross, Kells, Co Meath. Mr McKenna also made a road accident compensation claim against the driver of the other car, Marius Anuska of Riverstown, Kilmessan, Co Meath, due to the car crash that occurred on November 4, 2014. Other compensation claims were also submitted against the owners of two vehicles parked where the accident took place.
Mr McKenna was wished all the best for the future by Mr Justice Cross as his approved the settlement.