A judge has ordered an insurance company to pay aggravated damages to a claimant after it failed in its attempt to convince the court that he had colluded with a defence witness to have him support his claim for whiplash. James O'Sullivan of Clane, County Kildare, was awarded €3,000 by Justice Matthew Deery in addition to a €7,750 settlement he had already approved. The compensation is to be paid out by AXA Insurance.
O'Sullivan's vehicle was rear-ended by a taxi driven by Gary Reilly of Ballyfermot, Dublin, in September 2008. The judge heard how Reilly had sworn an affidavit concerning the events.