Posted: December 10th, 2021
The High Court has been informed that an “utterly dishonest” account of a car accident has been provided by the driver of a car, a doctor, in an accident that occurred after a red light was ignored and a girl was knocked down resulting in catastrophic injuries.
In the High Court Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds was told that in the aftermath of the accident in 2016 the driver alleged that the then 14-year-old girl was to blame for the incident and this was maintained for the following four years.
Now 19 years of age Ashleigh Carroll, who has been left in a brain damaged state, took a legal action for compensation against Dr Shereen El Mashad and requested that the court award aggravated damages in the case.
Ms Carroll’s counsel, Richard Kean SC, instructed by Keira O’Reilly of Keans Solicitors, informed the court that the doctor has since returned to her native Egypt and was not in court. He added that the doctor’s account of the accident in Coolock, Dublin was “utterly dishonest “ and if this defence had prevailed Ms Carroll would not have been compensated adequately for the horrific injuries she sustained. He urged the court to mark its “revulsion at the behaviour”. He added that an Irish arrest warrant exists for the doctor in relation to the accident.
The Judge was advised that the defendant Dr El Mashad was employed at Beaumont Hospital at the time the accident occurred on the morning of October 20 2016. It was added that she was travelling towards work when the incident took place. It was alleged by the plaintiff’s legal team that the doctor’s insurers, Axa, counsel said, had waited for four years to admit liability “when they knew their client was on the run”.
Ms Carroll took the legal action for pedestrian accident compensation against Dr El Mashad via her mother, Louise Carroll.
It is alleged that Ashleigh Carroll was lawfully walking along a public footpath near Oscar Traynor Road when the car of the defendant, specifically the wing mirror, struck the young female, knocking her to the ground and where she banged her head.
It was initially claimed by the legal team for the defence that Ms Carroll had created a public nuisance and hazard as she was crossing the road and that she had run into the side of her car.
The case continues.
Categories: Road Accident Claim