Posted: January 2nd, 2020
A personal injury compensation award of €75,000 has been made to a man who had his jaw broken in an assault.
Sligo Circuit Court was told last week that the victim, Christopher Flynn,
was taking the legal action against Niall Clancy of of Kingsfort, Ballintogher, Sligo following an incident that occurred at Dun na Rí, Ballintogher on November 2nd 2014.
Judge Francis Comerford was advised that Mr Flynn was heading home from a bar in Ballintogher with a row took place with Clancy. In an earlier District Court it was alleged that “comments” had been made and Mr Flynn was assaulted. In the subsequent assault Mr Flynn was left with a badly injured jaw and suffering a lot of pain.
The court was informed that Mr Flynn was brought to Sligo University Hospital for treatment where x-rays confirmed a fracture of the left mandible and right parasymphyseal region. He was then moved to Altmagelvin Hospital in Derry for further treatment.
At Altnagelvin on November 10th the plaintiff, still suffering from ongoing numbness in the right lower lip and chin, was informed that it could take several months to resolve and was also told of the risk of permanent numbness. He was also advised to remain on a soft diet for over a month.
Subsequently, in April 2016, he attended he local GP due to intermittent pain on the left side of his jaw and chin especially during cold weather. His jaw locked occasionally when he yawned and he was unable to fully open his mouth and he found chewing difficult at times as his facial muscles hurt when chewing. Additionally, he was left with a permanent scar on the left side of his face and had to grow a beard to conceal it.
He experienced some difficult with speech and this caused him additional stress due to constantly thinking about the incident. To deal with this he was prescribed anti-anxiety medication. Medical experts said that the plaintiff’s facial pain, numbness and reduced function would be slow to resolve and may even persist. Mr Flynn had a licence to perform a security job but due to the facial injuries he was unable to pursue this which added to his stress.
Judge Comerford awarded the plaintiff €75,000 in damages plus costs.
Categories: Personal Injury Compensation