Mother of two teenage daughters who were involved in a horrific overturned bus crash in Caherconlish, Co Limerick suffered with depression, anxiety, stress, flashbacks and trauma and was diagnosed with having PTSD after she has witnessed the immediate aftermath of the tragic accident involving her daughters. The Plaintiff gave evidence that as she arrived at the scene of the crash minutes after it had happened, she was met with the bus in the ditch and a complete chaos of screaming teenagers and other emergency sounds. She tried desperately to get to the bus to rescue her daughters. It was a distressing and upsetting experience.
AXA Insurance denied liability and argued before the Court that this Plaintiff did not suffer any recognisable psychiatric illness and did not meet the criteria to satisfy a nervous shock case. Ms Justice Egan did not accept this argument and ruled in favour of the Plaintiff awarding compensation of €50,000 for her past and future psychological injuries.
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