A three-year-old girl who became anxious about Santa Claus not being able to come to her home after she had been involved in a car accident has been given a settlement of €25,000 for psychiatric injuries at the circuit civil court.

Judge James McCourt approved the settlement offer to Missy Elliott, who is now six, by the insurers of driver, Denis Osula who crashed into the back of the Elliott family car in Glasnevin in Dublin three years ago.

Barrister Robert Crowley told the court that as well as becoming anxious about Santa Claus, Missy had also suffered from sleep disturbance and nervousness about travelling in a car.

She had been restrained in the back seat of the car when it was struck by Mr Osula's car in September 2018.

The court heard she hadn't suffered any physical injuries.

She had been examined by Dr Helen Leader, a consultant child psychiatrist and cognitive behaviour expert, who found her sleep disturbance and anxieties fulfilled the criteria for an adjustment disorder.

The judge said the child's parents were happy with the settlement and the court had no hesitation in approving what he described as "a not ungenerous offer".

He told Mr Crowley he had to be commended for his efforts in achieving a very acceptable settlement.

Missy, now a primary school student, from Finglas in Dublin, had sued Mr Osula through her mother Cherie Byrne.