An Irish former Olympic swimmer has been awarded €20k following a personal injury claim.
Swimmer Nick O’Hare was awarded the €20,000 in damages after suffering injuries caused by a man he described in an Irish Circuit Civil Court as a former acquaintance.
The 43-year-old, who represented Ireland in the 50m freestyle at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, bought the claim before court following an incident earlier this year.
O’Hare, who lives on South Strand, Skerries, Co Dublin, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke how he was struck from behind while spending time socialising in a pub with his partner. The Irish Gardai are considering prosecuting the alleged assailant for his part in the incident.
In the meantime, O’Hare filed his claim for damages, although his Barrister Conor Kearney, of Blake Horrigan Solicitors, told the court the defendant in the case had refused to engage with the legal process with regard to the claim, which was filed at €60,000.
During the initial hearing to assess damages O’Hare told the court he could remember regaining consciousness while lying on the floor, before being helped to his feet by friends and staff.
The claim against his former acquaintance for damages was filed on grounds of assault and battery.
The court was also told O’Hare received treatment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where he was given several stitches to his upper lip. He was left with a scar and still has a small lump on the inside of his lip thanks to the attack.
The case shows how you can claim damages for injuries caused by another individual, so why not contact a Braunton personal injury solicitor today?