Judge Terence O’Sullivan told Martin Brown that while nobody could say that degenerative changes in his spine had been caused by the incident, the court accepted the opinion they had been rendered symptomatic as a result of a whiplash injury.

Mr Brown, of The View, Robswall, Malahide, Co Dublin, told his counsel, Jane Ferry, yesterday that he still suffers pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulders due to the injury from the 2013 incident on Dublin’s quays.

He said he had been late for work on August 19, 2013, and had called the cab. The taxi failed mechanically and, although he had been wearing his seatbelt, he had been thrown forward. He walked the rest of the way to his work in Dublin.

Mr Brown said the effects of the incident hit him when he got into his office. He was quite shaken and a colleague advised him to seek medical advice. He went to his GP but later attended a specialist and a physiotherapy clinic.

Ms Ferry said in the Circuit Civil Court that Mr Brown was suing taximan Paul Freeman of The Close, Orlynn Park, Lusk, Co Dublin, for negligence. The claim was for a maximum of €60,000.

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Source: Irish Examiner