A music student from Donegal who suffered horrific injuries in a crash as she was on her way to a primary school Christmas Carol service, has settled her High Court case for €6.8 million in damages.
Hazel McGarrigle of Drumstevlin House, Donegal Town sued the other driver through her father, Noel McGarrigle.
The four day case in the High Court heard that her car was rear ended at Carr’s Hill, Carrigalone, Co. Cork on December 15, 2009.
She was turning out onto a main road, and was behind another car, when her car was hit from behind.
Ms McGarrigle, who was studying for her Masters at the Cork School of Music, suffered a severe brain injury that has left her unable to speak or walk and in need of round the clock care.
Her family have taken care of her 24 hours a day since 2010.
Mr Justice Sean Ryan paid tribute to the now 30-year-old woman’s family and said they showed “heroism” in the way they have cared for her.
The family have issued the following statement through their solicitor, Cathleen Dolan:
“The tragic consequences of this Road Traffic Accident for Hazel, and for us her family cannot be expressed in words.
“Our sole concern is that Hazel obtain optimum care in her own home. She has been at home with us since September 2010. We intend to continue to care for her at home.
“This settlement will secure that goal and we hope it will ensure that Hazel can obtain all the care, therapy and assistance she needs and deserves for the rest of her life.
“We respectfully request privacy for Hazel and for us her family at this time.”