The case of Anne Egan against the “Freeman’s Journal” was presented in court yesterday, with both parties represented by legal counsel. The action was brought by Anne Egan for damages due to injuries allegedly sustained by her at the hands of the defendants. The defendants pleaded they were not responsible for the injuries and that any injury suffered was not caused by their negligence. They also argued that she could have avoided the injuries through her own care and caution, but any injuries she suffered were caused by her own negligence.
Several witnesses were called to testify, including Dr Myles, who had examined Mrs. Egan after the incident. He testified that due to the large loss of blood and persistent weakness of the spine, he does not believe Anne Egan’s condition will improve. In cross-examination, Dr Myles admitted to not considering the possibility of career until recently and that any further health issues arising from the condition would occur within four to five years.
Dr Lane Joynt, a surgeon, and Nurse Atkinson both described the condition of Mrs. Egan when she was received at the hospital. After his testimony, Mr Egan was recalled to the stand to clarify his testimony, in which he claimed to have heard the carts rushing towards his wife.
Before closing the plaintiff’s case, Mr Campbell asked if there was any evidence of negligence or absence of care on the part of the defendants. The Lord Chief Justice agreed to let the case go to the jury.
In his opening statement for the defendants, Mr O’Shaughnessy decried the introduction of unrelated topics like Mr Egan’s past convictions and insinuating that The Freeman’s Journal had some animosity towards Mrs. Egan. He emphasized that the drivers of the carts waited after the accident and did not flee the scene as had been suggested. He also pointed out that Mrs. Egan had improved since the accident and was now able to move from her seat to her feet, showing progress in her condition.
The case continued with the jury weighing the testimonies and evidence to determine the negligence of the defendants and whether damages should be awarded to Mrs. Egan.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 16 January 1901