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Compensation Awarded to Texter Was Hit By Car

Posted: September 25th, 2011

A Slovakian national, who is unable to walk or talk and he is now confined to a wheelchair, requiring 24 hour care after he was hit by a car in Belfast in December 2004, has been awarded £1,250,000 in personal injury compensation at Belfast High Court.

The court heard that Milan Rybansky (34) had only arrived in Ireland six weeks previously to take up a position as a journalist in Belfast. His parents brought the court action against the insurers of the car driver, who initially disputed the case on the basis that Milan had been using his mobile phone at the time to send text messages.

An agreement was reached on shared liability for the injuries received and Mr Rybansky has now returned to Slovakia where his treatment costs will be less. The compensation amount was approved by the Belfast High Court after checks were carried out on how the money from the settlement would be managed in Slovakia.

Categories: Pedestrian Accidents

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