Joseph Kearney (47), who was inflicted with a serious back injury when his bike slipped on a recently repaired roadway where too much bitumen sealant had been applied, has been awarded €64,000 repaired road compensation at the High Court.
Portlaw, Co Waterford resident Mr Kearney took the repaired road compensation claim against Tipperary County Council, the body charged with the upkeep of the road, and Roadstone Wood Ltd, the business which carried out the repairs on the road in question.
Judge Bronagh O’Hanlon told the High Court that is easy to see that Mr Kearney had experienced significant pain and a loss of the amenities of life due to the accident that happened at Ballinaraha, Kilsheelan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on December 26 2011.
Judge O’Hanlon, who ruled that Tipperary Co Council and Roadstone Wood were both at fault in the incident, said that both parties appeared to accept the evidence given by Mr Kearney that there had been poor professionalism shown in relation to the work completed on the road repairs. A similar incident had occurred on another part of the same road and a witness to that accident provided evidence in this case.
Judge O’Hanlon said that that Roadstone Wood had completed the road repair works without making sure it had been finished to the proper standard. She added that Tipperary County Council was also at fault as the accident could have been avoided if corrective steps had been applied following the other accident that occured on the same stretch of road.
The court was told that Mr Kearney’s bike accident happened when he was cycling as part of a group of 17 people, cycling two abreast on the hard shoulder of the road in question. Mr Kearney was wearing his helmet and, as he approached a curve on the road, he fell from his bicycle. Judge O’Hanlon said that she believed Mr Kearney had provided his evidence honestly and did not seek to exaggerate accident or his injuries.