A young man has settled his case for compensation, after he fractured his skull in a quad bike accident at 12 years of age, as reported by the irishexaminer.com.
The young man will receive a fee of €125,000, after he was hit by a quad bike which went out of control. The boy, Eoghan Gaffney, was then hurled into the air, falling and hitting his head in the aftermath. This resulted in a fractured skull and the boy is said to have suffered headaches for two years after the incident in 2012.
Justice Kevin Cross said the victim had suffered nasty injuries and said the quad was driven by someone who had little sense. Eoghan Gaffney, now studying for his leaving certificate at 17, also suffered significant scarring to the side of his head and no longer plays sports after the accident.
He and his mother, Deborah, sued the farmer and owner of the quad bike involved in the incident, as well as the man driving the quad. Paul Morrin of Dunshaughlin is the farmer and Patrick Finnegan of Navan Co. Meath, the driver. Mr. Finnegan was working as a farm relief worker for FRS at the time.
The court heard of how the quad was being driven dangerously by Finnegan and at high speeds. It was claimed that there was a failure to protect Eoghan, who was visiting the farm at the time. The court also heard claims that the driver failed to apply in time or brake whatsoever to avoid the accident.
Mr. Justice Cross approved the settlement, saying it was a reasonable figure for both parties as liability was admitted in the case. He wished the victim, Eoghan Gaffney, all the success in his future and commended the support he received from his family.