Boy Injured by Motorbike gets €1.75m for injuries 13 years on

The following article features one of Lavelle Coleman’s recent Personal Injury* Group’s cases.  The article  originally appeared in the Irish Times on 13 December 2013.

A young man who suffered a brain injury after being hit by a motorbike 13 years ago has secured €1.75 million in settlement of his High Court action.

Ben Johnson Richardson, Ardlea Road, Artane, Dublin, now 21 suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of the incident in 2000, Bruce Antoniotti SC said. The case was brought after an incident in which Ben, then aged eight, was knocked down by a motorbike as he played near his home at Maryfield Crescent on June 26th, 2000.

Because the motorbike driver was uninsured, the settlement is against the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told that following the incident, the child was rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and was unconscious on arrival.

He was transferred to Beaumont Hospital with swelling in his skull. A CT scan showed multiple small contusions. He also had fractures in his left leg. He required prolonged ventilation and intracranial pressure monitoring and was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in mid-August 2010.

A review near the end of that year showed he had persistent problems with walking as a direct result of the brain injury.