Man awarded €12k after 'big bang' crash involving Irish model

Alison Canavan
Alison Canavan

A 44-year-old warehouse operative has won a Circuit Civil Court damages claim for whiplash injuries he suffered in a “big bang” road traffic collision caused by model Alison Canavan.

Patrick Nedum told the court that on September 27, 2011, he was stopped at traffic lights on Eden Quay, Dublin, during evening rush hour when Canavan rear ended the car behind him, driven by Bernie Keenan, which then bumped into his car.

Nedum, of Sherrad Street, Dublin, claimed the impact was a “big bang” which had pushed his car boot in.  He said he developed neck pain the next day and attended his GP.

He told his barrister, Robert Fitzpatrick, that he suffered neck pain for a year and had difficulty sleeping, lifting and carrying.  The court heard he had needed to take anti-inflammatory and painkilling medication.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who appeared with LawPlus Solicitors, on Friday said Mr Nedum had needed to attend a physiotherapy session. 

Nedum sued Canavan, of Castleknock Cottages, Castleknock Road, Castleknock, Dublin, and Keenan, of Elderwood Road, Palmerstown, Dublin, for negligence.

Canavan told the court that the impact had been minor and caused no damage to her car. Keenan said she suffered no injuries following the accident.

Both defendants alleged Nedum had suffered neck injuries in a previous accident in 2008.  They also claimed his neck injury was the result of a degenerative condition.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said he was satisfied that Mr Nedum had suffered whiplash type injuries, although “he may not have been as symptomatic as he said he was.”  Judge Groarke awarded him €12,600 damages along with his legal costs.