Boy who sustained horrific leg injury in accident when lorry jack-knifed settles High Court action for €200,000

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A boy who sustained a horrific leg injury when a lorry jack-knifed and crashed into a car he was in has settled his High Court action for €200,000.

Sean Carthy McGuinness (15) was going to have the scars on his leg for the rest of his life, Mr Justice Bernard Barton said.

The judge said he recognised no money would compensate Sean but the settlement was a fair and reasonable one.

Peter Bland SC told the court Sean was only ten when he was trapped in the car after the accident and had to be cut out by firemen.

He  had been picked up with a friend from school by his mother and the accident occurred at a junction 300 metres from their home in Athboy, Co Meath.

Sean’s mother Debbie McGuinness was also seriously injured and the whole family were badly traumatised after the accident, counsel said.

Sean, he said, had been left with a 27cm long scar on his inner thigh and had lost days at school after the accident.

Sean, of Mellowes House, Moygrehan, Athboy,  through his father Steven Carthy, sued the truck driver John Mackintosh of Gneevebawn, Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath, as a result of the accident at Moygrehan on October 20, 2009.

The case had been before the court for assessment of damages only.

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