Boy awarded €36k after his father’s car was struck by uninsured driver.

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Boy awarded €36k after his father’s car was struck by driver.  A 16-year-old schoolboy has been awarded damages of €36,000 after the vehicle he was travelling in was struck by a car.  The boy was traveling in the passenger seat of his father’s car in October 2016, when they were hit by a vehicle.  The boy, who was 14 at the time of the accident sued the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland through his father after having suffered both physical and psychological injuries following the collision.  Counsel for the boy told the President of the Circuit Court, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, that the boy had suffered pain in his arms, neck and shoulders in the aftermath of the crash.  The court was told the boy had also suffered psychological issues such as sleeping difficulty, panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks and nervousness in a car.  The boy’s relevant medical history includes spina bifia and that he is wheelchair bound. He said that prior to the accident he suffered from no pain.  The boy’s father said there was a heavy impact and that the airbags deployed, striking the boy in the face. The driver then made attempts to leave the scene and threatened to stab a witness who was trying to prevent him fleeing.  The driver has since died but in any event was uninsured at the time of the accident. Judge Groarke approved the offer which had been recommended by counsel and awarded the boy damages totalling €36,055.