Caroline Bogue of Belturbet, County Cavan, a passenger in a car crash, was awarded a settlement of over €5 million in a High Court settlement after an uninsured car in which she was travelling as a passenger crashed into a tree, resulting in severe injuries. Ms Bogue suffered brain damage and will require assistance throughout the rest of her life.
Ms Bogue’s accident accident occured on May 1st, 2003, when she was 17 years old.
The case was taken against the driver of the car Declan Brogue, the car ower Ciaran Bogue, and the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland. Liability was denied in the case on the grounds that Caroline Bogue was aware that car was not insured and was allegedly taken without the permission of the owner. The settlement was reached without liability being admitted.
Mr Justice John Quirke said that the case marked the need for a new system of staged payments in personal injuries cases.