A woman scarred by her sunglasses when her car was hit from behind has been awarded more than €80,000 damages by the High Court. The claimant’s sunglasses were on top of her head at the time of the crash. When the impact happened, the airbag deployed and the glasses fell on her face causing her to suffer extensive cuts to her face, particularly her left cheek. Liability was not an issue in the case and Mr Justice Anthony Barr assessed damages at €80,550. The judge said the main aspect of the injuries concerned the scarring to her face, although she also suffered soft tissue injuries along with bruising. A plastic surgeon thought it unlikely the scars would improve hugely with the passage of time, the judge said. The court heard a higher offer of €93,000 to settle had been made before the case. A refusal to accept a tender offer has consequences for costs orders, which Mr Justice Barr will deal with in the new year.