After he had sustained serious injuries when his car came into collision with a stray horse, one doctor has succeeded in his £500,000 personal injury claim for compensation.
Ballyedmond, Co Wexford GP Thomas Breslin, forty six years old, had the collision with the stray in January 2007 as he travelled through Ballyedmond. The stray horse is believed to have escaped from a nearby field, according to Dr Breslin’s personal injury solicitors.
A recent report in Horse and Hound magazine stated that Dr. Breslin had been trapped within his car for nearly two hours when the stricken horse alighted upon the roof of the car as a result of the accident. The doctor needed to be freed from his car by emergency services, personal injury compensation experts writing for the magazine reported.
The doctor was rushed to hospital following his extrication from the vehicle, where he needed to undergo a surgical procedure on his back as well as have his neck operated upon to have a steel plate inserted. Dr Breslin’s experiences were so distressing that he has since developed post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident.
Making a claim for compensation against Gorey native Richard Johnston, of Co Wexford, the owner of the horse, Dr Breslin was awarded £586,637 in compensation from the Irish High Court after Mr Johnston admitted responsibility for the incident.
Due to the severity of Dr Breslin’s injuries, he now may only be able to work in a part time capacity – or may eve be forced to retire early from his profession. Neither Dr Breslin or horse owner Mr Johnston made themselves available to the media for comment in the wake of the hearing.