A man who lost part of his earlobe when a bull hit him has settled a High Court case against his owners, his parents, for an unannounced sum.
lement Gavin, 47, of Bishops Court Upper, Kill, Co Kildare, suffered a “appalling and frightening” ordeal when the cop attacked and threw him in the air on a February morning six years ago, his solicitor told the court.
Plaintiff’s parents, Michael Gavin Snr and Maria Gavin, also of Bishops Court Upper, owned the animal and the field on which it stood.
Liability was not at issue in the case, which was presented to Ms Judge Leonie Reynolds on Friday for damages only.
The court found that a claim for EUR 542,000 in lost earnings, which the defendants had vehemently contested, would not be pursued any further.
After the hearing was adjourned to allow discussions between the parties’ attorneys, the judge was told that their differences had been resolved and the case could be dismissed, overturning a previous costs order against the plaintiff.
Further details of the settlement were not disclosed. The court previously heard the attack on February 15, 2016, which left Clement Gavin with a series of physical injuries, including to his neck, head and back.
The primary physical injury was a detachment of his left earlobe where the bull struck him, his attorney Dr. John O’Mahony SC with Frank Crean BL. Despite having to undergo reconstructive surgery, Mr Gavin is aware of the deformity and struggles to sleep on his left side, the lawyer said.
dr O’Mahony said the cop “goaled” Mr Gavin several times before he was able to free himself and reach the safety of his vehicle.
He also suffered from headaches, flashbacks and other psychological effects, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of the event, the attorney said.
His allegations included that the defendants did not have an adequate system to control and/or restrain the bull.
The father of four was unable to work for much of 2019 due to other ailments and it was his case that the cop attack added to his fragile frame of mind at the time.
Fergus O’Hagan SC, along with Philip Fennell BL and O’Riada Solicitors, said a €542,000 claim was made late in the proceedings and his clients “strongly doubted” the merits of a loss of earnings claim.
Mr O’Hagan said the defendants denied the attack contributed to the difficulties that prevented their son from working in 2019.
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