A man, who suffered a severe brain trauma and now requires permanent care after being thrown from a car driven by an uninsured driver, has had his car crash compensation claim against MIBI approved in court.
The man – who is a ward of court and cannot be named for legal reasons – was just 19 years of age when, in March 2008, he was a passenger in a car which went out of control, left the road and ran into a tree. The victim, who was thrown out of the car as it left the road, suffered a severe brain trauma which has left him requiring permanent nursing care and only able to communicate by means of thumb up or thumb down.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the High Court heard that the driver of the car had been uninsured, and that a car crash compensation claim against the Motor Insurers´ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) had been made. She also heard that an agreement had been reached between the man´s legal advisors and MIBI to award 4.25 million Euros to the victim – an amount which had been reduced by 20 per cent to account for the man´scontributory negligence of failing to wear a seatbelt.
The judge approved the settlement of the unnamed man´s car crash compensation claim against MIBI, stating that it was an excellent settlement which would provide the car he required for the rest of his life. She also ordered that the foster mother who had been caring for the victim since his accident should receive an immediate lump payment of 544,800 Euros to cover the expenses and hospital bills she had already incurred.