Man hit by drunk driver in Malta settles court action (via RTE)

A 70-year-old man who was catastrophically injured three years ago after he was knocked down by a drunk driver while on holidays in Malta has settled his High Court action for just over €3 million.

David Cooley from Youghal in Co Cork, was struck by a car on the first night of his holiday in April 2019.

He suffered multiple fractures and a severe brain injury, which means he requires round-the-clock care and has had to remain in hospital ever since.

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Woman awarded €16,400 in fall from defective chair in Supermacs (via

A woman who claimed she injured her buttock, back and abdomen when she hit the ground, having fallen from a defective chair in Supermacs, has won her case for damages despite CCTV showing she did not impact the ground during the incident.

Pamela Dudgeon, (57) of Woodlands Grove, Coosan Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath, was awarded €16,400 in damages at Galway Circuit Court after a contested civil action.

Ms Dudgeon, a carer, said she suffers ongoing lower back pain after the incident at a Supermacs outlet in Eyre Square, Galway, on January 6, 2017.

In her claim for damages, Ms Dudgeon told her doctor, solicitor and several expert witnesses she fell and hit the ground when the chair she was sitting on fell from under her.

In November 2020, the High Court ruled that Supermac’s Ltd did not have to provide footage of the incident to Ms Dudgeon which was sought as part of the discovery process.

Supermacs argued that providing the footage to the plaintiff would allow her to “mend her hand” in circumstances where the footage may not support her version of events.

Mr Justice Barr said he was satisfied she did not need the footage to progress her claim, as Supermac’s had already admitted the chair broke and was defective.

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Glass factory worker who was struck by several sheets of glass which fell from trolley awarded €120,000 (via

A glass factory worker who sustained injuries to his lower limbs in a work accident has been awarded €120,000 by the High Court.

James Molloy (59), who was struck by several sheets of glass which fell from a trolley, is also entitled to a further sum for loss of earnings into the future which will be finalised at a later date.

Mr Molloy, Knight’s Crescent, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, sustained compression injuries to his lower limbs, back as well as several lacerations as a result of the accident at Tipperary Glass Ltd of Railway Road, Templemore Co Tipperary, on March 16, 2018.

Liability in the case had been admitted by Tipperary Glass and the action was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons said that Mr Molloy was entitled to €75,000 in general damages plus a further €38,000 in damages for a loss of earnings to date.

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