Mr Franz Savino, a 42 year old married man with 4 small children has been awarded €345,000 by the High Court. Mr Savino suffered serious personal injuries in a road traffic accident which occurred on the 18th of December 2004 at Swords, Co Dublin. The accident happened when driving to work a horse ran out in front of his car making it impossible for him to avoid colliding with it. The horse was thrown up onto the bonnet of his car causing the front of his car to be pushed back in his direction.
As a result of the collision the roof of Mr Savino’s car collapsed and the steering column was shunted in against his knees. He suffered injuries to his shoulders, knees, left hip and pelvis. He also suffered from psychological trauma. He also suffered a back injury which resulted in a disc protrusion at the L5-S1 level. He was referred to the pain management clinic of St James Hospital and had a number of medical interventions there to include Botulinium toxin injections and trigger point injections. In April 2010 a Spinal Stimulator was implanted and since that time he has been using it on a 24 hour a day basis.
In granting judgement Ms Justice Irvine stated that Mr Savino’s life had been very significantly affected by the injuries sustained by him in the accident. At the time of the accident he was a competitive cricketer but has been unable to play cricket since the accident. The Judge awarded specific sums for past loss of earnings, loss of earnings from now until he returns to work in 3 years time, future pension losses, replacement cost of a spinal cord stimulator battery and miscellaneous out of pocket expenses. The Judge found that Mr Savino was 35% responsible for the accident and made a total award to him of €345,119.70.