Substantial Interim Settlement for Six Year Old Girl who suffered Significant Injuries at Birth due to Negligence
Posted in News on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
Karen Kearney and Ernest Cantillon of the Medical Negligence team at Cantillons Solicitors achieved a significant settlement on the 28th September 2023, with the State Claims Agency for the HSE at Mediation by way of a payment out of €850,000 for a period of five years to our client, a six year old little girl. The settlement was approved (Ruled) by the High Court on the 11th October 2023.
This was a very complex medical negligence matter.
Our client sustained both physical and mental injuries at birth at University Maternity Hospital Limerick on the 22nd February 2017.
There were some admissions of negligence by the Defendants to include failing to monitor the fetal heartrate during the second stage of labour (it seems that the midwife mistook the maternal pulse from the fetal heart rate), failing to recognise and act on a pathological CTG tracing from 15:10 hours (some 70 minutes prior to delivery) and inappropriate admission of Syntocinon again some 70 minutes prior to delivery.
However, causation was denied throughout the duration of the claim and indeed continues to remain an issue for the adjourned Trial of the matter in October 2028.
We are delighted that the significant interim payment will help this little girl’s parents buy the therapy, care, aids and appliances etc that she needs for the next five years to help maximise her potential. The current public system is not fit for purpose.
We are also delighted to secure significant settlements for her parents for the psychological injuries that they suffered as a consequence of the Defendants’’ negligence.
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