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€2.9m Settlement for Tipperary Boy Hurt in Crash

The High Court has approved a €2.9m settlement to a four-year-old Tipperary boy who was left with severe cerebral palsy following a car accident.

Ben McHale from North View, Fethard Road, Clonmel was only four months old when his mother lost control of the car she was driving and crashed into a wall on April 23, 2006.

It was alleged Disislava McHale was driving her husband’s car without insurance when she lost control of the vehicle which grazed a tree and then crashed into a wall on the Clonmel to Kilkenny Road.

The court heard four-month-old Ben McHale was a back-seat passenger, that he was thrown forward on impact and was found by the ambulance crew lying unconscious outside the car.

He was put on life support for just over a week. Now four years old, he suffers severe cerebral palsy and will require care for the rest of his life.

His uncle William McHale sued his parents and the motor insurers bureau of Ireland for negligence on his behalf. Today, Mr Justice John Quirke approved a €2.9m settlement between the parties.

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