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Road victim gets €2m for injuries

A MAN who suffered severe brain injuries in a hit-and-run accident five years ago has been awarded €2m in a High Court settlement.

Former factory worker Paul Gogarty (35), Balloughly, Kingscourt, Cavan, was walking home from a night out at around 3am on June 20, 2005, on the Rocks Road, Kingscourt, when he was hit by a vehicle which left the scene and was never traced.

Suing through his brother, Oliver, he brought an action for damages against the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) which deals with cases of compensation claims from the victims of uninsured and untraced drivers.

The case came before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, who was told that following talks, Mr Gogarty's family had agreed to accept an offer of €2m from the MIBI in settlement of the case. Paul will be made a ward of court later.

In his claim, it was alleged Mr Gogarty suffered severe bilateral traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident which have caused persistent cognitive and behavioural defects.

He remains at risk of post-traumatic epilepsy, is dependent on supervision while at home, and requires ongoing treatment.

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