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Limerick Medical Man’s Death Allegedly Result of Accident; Family Seeks £5,000 in Damages – Limerick Gazette

Limerick Medical Man’s Death Allegedly Result of Accident; Family Seeks £5,000 in Damages

In a trial taking place in Dublin, the family of the late Dr Robert Barry of Limerick is seeking £5,000 in damages from Messrs Speight and Son, timber merchants in Limerick, for compensation for Dr Barry’s death in February. The claim alleges that Dr Barry’s death was the result of injuries sustained due to the negligence of a servant of the defendant’s firm on November 28.

Dr Barry, who had a private practice and held various appointments, was survived by his widow and five children. On November 28, Dr Barry was driving to see a patient with his son and driver, Hennessy, when they saw one of Speight’s carts, laden with timber, coming towards them on the wrong side of the road. Hennessy drew his car aside to avoid the timber cart, but a piece of wood struck Dr Barry in the calf as they passed.

Initially, Dr Barry did not think he was hurt, but upon returning home, he discovered his leg was sore, stiff, and swollen. Dr Graham diagnosed him with an injury to the vein in the back of his leg. Dr Barry attended to his leg, but his health declined until his death in February. The trial seeks to prove that the accident on November 28 resulted in Dr Barry’s untimely death.

Northants Evening Telegraph – Friday 13 June 1902