A 56-year old man who was severely injured when the car in which he was a passenger left the road and crashed into a pole has settled his High Court action for €1.9m.
Kareem Al Balooty, who is originally from Iraq and lives in Limerick, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash on 28 November 2012 on the M7 outside Portlaoise.
Counsel for Mr Al Balooty Liam Reid said his client was a backseat passenger in the car which lost control and crashed into a pole.
Mr Al Balooty does not recall if he was wearing a seatbelt or not. Others in the car who were wearing seatbelts were all uninjured.
Mr Al Balooty sued the driver of the car, Monam Hassan of Catletroy in Limerick, over the crash.
He claimed Mr Hassan was driving in a manner that was dangerous having regard to the nature of the highway and the condition of the vehicle and there was also an alleged failure to properly maintain the vehicle.
The claims were denied and Mr Hassan's side contended there was contributory negligence on behalf of Mr Al Balooty who it was alleged was not wearing a seatbelt.
Mr Reidy said Mr Al Balooty was found in the well of the car, between the back and front seats. He suffered significant injuries and had a bleed on his brain stem.
He also had a fracture to right side of his skull and a number of fractures to the spine.
Counsel said Mr Al Balooty, who had been in a coma for a number of days, made a remarkable recovery.
He can walk with crutches and now resides in a nursing home in Limerick.
While he could previously speak four languages, he has now lost linguistic skills, counsel said.
Mr Reid told the court Mr Al Balooty came to Ireland from Iraq five years ago. Counsel said he previously had a position of prominence in Iraq and was in charge of 2,000 people in the Ministry for Oil.
Mr Reidy said the only issue in relation to the crash was whether there was black ice on the road.
A witness said he was aware the road was slippery, but the driver of the car said he was unaware of that.
Approving the settlement Mr Justice Kevin Cross wished Mr Al Balooty and his carers well for the future.