Girl left deaf after car crushed carry cot gets €1m

A 16 year old who has been left profoundly deaf after a tragic accident as a baby when the family car rolled along the driveway and crushed her carry cot against the house has settled her High Court action for €1m.

Girl left deaf after car crushed carry cot gets €1m

Emma Farrell had sued her mother Angela Farrell as a result of the accident when she was just seven months old.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross in the High Court was told Emma is profoundly deaf, but can lip read and is doing well at secondary school.

Counsel Patrick O’Connell said the accident occurred on June 28, 2000, after Emma’s mother Angela Farrell parked her car in the driveway of their Dublin home. The driveway he said slopes towards the house. The baby in the carry cot was placed on the ground but the car moved forward crushing the carry cot against the porch of the house.

A neighbour ran to help and managed to reverse the car off the carry cot and baby Emma was rushed to hospital.

Counsel said the baby suffered serious head injuries including a skull fracture and was transferred to Beaumont Hosptial intensive care unit. She was discharged from hospital one month later.

As a result of the accident, Mr O’Connell said Emma is profoundly deaf but she can lip read and has consistently good grades at school.

When she was younger, he said she had a weakness in the left side of her body.

Speaking directly to Emma, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said while nothing would get Emma’s hearing back, it was a good settlement. He told her she was doing well in school and he was sure she would do well for herself in whatever career she chose.

“You are a joy to your parents, “ he told the teenager and allowed for the payout of €5,000 towards “a well- deserved holiday”.

Emma had through her father Noel Farrell of Beverly Rise, Knocklyon, Tempelogue, Dublin, sued her mother Angela Farrell of the same address as a result of the tragic accident on June 28, 2000.

Emma, flanked by her mother and father, was in court to see the settlement approved by Mr Justice Kevin Cross.

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