Garda Awarded €100,000 for Stab Wound

A Garda Sergeant has been awarded €100,000 in compensation
for physical and psychological injuries he sustained while trying to subdue a
knife-wielding man in Fermoy, Co Cork, on New Years’ Eve 2006. Sergeant John
Liston of Mallow, Co Cork, had earlier in the night been involved in a
light-hearted conversation with the man, whose father was known to him.

Although the earlier conversation had passed off without
incident, the man later pulled out knives from under his coat after being
refused entry to a local nightclub. Sergeant Liston was stabbed in the side and
had to undergo surgery on his wounds.

It was later discovered that the man who had stabbed Sgt
Liston later turned his knives on himself, committing suicide.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine awarded Sgt Liston €100,000 in general
damages compensation, and a further €6,400 to address his costs.

Truck Driver Receives €80,000 for Facial Injury

A truck driver from Kildare has been awarded €80,000 compensation for serious facial injuries he received after being struck by a steel wedge. Thirty-eight-year-old
Keith Dowling was nearly decapitated by the wedge, Mr Justice John McMenamin heard.
The wedge, which was being used to secure the ballast weight to the trailer at
the time it detached, caused permanent damage to Mr Dowling’s face. It was being hammered into place by a co-worker when it happened.

Waterford Teenager Awarded €1.28m for Lost Leg

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.