€82,000 award for man left un­able to play­golf

Irish Independent - - News - Tim Healy

A MAN who is un­able to play golf and suf­fered post trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter a car ac­ci­dent has been awarded a to­tal of €82,000 by the High Court.

Taxi driver Pa­trick Mur­phy was un­able to re­turn to golf af­ter the crash four years ago be­cause of his in­abil­ity to swing the golf club, Mr Jus­tice Bernard Bar­ton said.

The judge ac­cepted the med­i­cal ev­i­dence on be­half of Mr Mur­phy that as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, where a van turned right and col­lided with his taxi, that his arthri­tis was ren­dered symp­to­matic and he now has a se­vere and painful con­di­tion in his el­bows.

Mr Mur­phy (62), Cran­field Place, Sandy­mount, Dublin, sued Malone En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ltd, Bal­ly­coolin, Dublin, own­ers of the van which crashed in to him, and the driver, Fran­cis Cleary, an em­ployee of the com­pany.

He had claimed that on March 29, 2014 he was driv­ing his taxi on the James Larkin Road, Dublin, trav­el­ling past the junc­tion with the Howth Road, when with­out warn­ing the van made a right hand turn and col­lided with the front of his car.

Li­a­bil­ity was ad­mit­ted in the case and it was be­fore the court for as­sess­ment of dam­ages only.

Mr Mur­phy claimed he suf­fered shock, fright and dis­tress and had pain in his neck, lower back and both arms. He also ex­pe­ri­enced flash­backs and night­mares af­ter­wards.

Mr Jus­tice Bernard Bar­ton said Mr Mur­phy was a truth­ful wit­ness. It was a mea­sure of the man that when he had to get a taxi home af­ter the ac­ci­dent, as both ve­hi­cles were writ­ten off, he gave a lift to the driver of the van.

The judge said Mr Mur­phy wanted to get back to work but found he could not work nights af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

The fact that he could not re­turn to golf, the judge said, was a par­tic­u­lar dis­ap­point­ment to Mr Mur­phy. Nei­ther could he re­turn to his DIY hobby.

The judge ac­cepted the ev­i­dence that Mr Mur­phy suf­fered post trau­matic stress dis­or­der from which he has now largely re­cov­ered.

Pa­trick Mur­phy

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