A woman´s claim for injuries sustained in a hit and run accident has been resolved after a hearing at the High Court when a €1.2 million compensation settlement was approved by a judge.
Laura Byrne (26) from New Ross, County Wexford, was talking with friends on John Street in New Ross when, on June 20th 2009, she was hit by a car driven by Polish national Karol Chrzan. Chrzan drove off after the accident, and was later arrested by the Garda when admitted to panicking due to being over the alcohol limit for driving.
The Garda also discovered that Chrzan had been driving his partner´s car, for which he was not insured, and charged him with causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for six years.
Laura had been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital after the accident suffering from head injuries after hitting her head on the windscreen of the care. When it became apparent that she had suffered internal brain injuries, she was transferred to Cork Hospital for specialist treatment.
As a result of the permanent brain injuries she sustained in the accident, Laura had to abandon the veterinary course she was studying. She suffered attacks of double vision and problems with her balance, and – five years after the accident – Laura´s left arm is still weaker than her right.
Laura made a claim for injuries sustained in a hit and run accident against the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) – the organisation responsible for settling claims against uninsured drivers – and a settlement of €1.2 million compensation was agreed.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the High Court in Dublin approved the settlement – commenting that it was a good one in the circumstances – and closed the case by adding that, although no settlement of compensation would make up for the trauma Laura had suffered, she hoped that the extra money would make Laura´s life better.