A teenager from Co Waterford has been awarded €1.28m in
damages for an accident on a farm in April 2001. TJ Kearns, who had been
working for John Joe Flynn, Eugene Flynn and Gerald Flynn at the time, lost a
leg in the accident, which happened after he became entangled in a power seed
sowing machine. The tractor pulling the machine was being driven by an adult.
TJ Kearns sued through his father, Tom. As is common in workplace
compensation claims, the defendants admitted liability.
Speaking while approving the settlement, Mr Justice John
Quirke said that no amount of money could compensate TJ for what happened. TJ now
uses as artificial leg.