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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Dead Woman’s Family Awarded €650,000 Childbirth Death Compensation

The family of a woman, Nora Hyland, who died following an emergency caesarean section have been awarded €650,000 personal injury compensation at the High Court.

The family of Ms Hyland took the legal action to seek compensation for nervous shock following the death of their wife and mother. The compensation action was settled for €650,000 in favour of the husband and son of Nora, who passed away at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) soon after having an emergency caesarean section.

Nora Hyland, a 31-year-old originally from Malaysia, died on the operating table at the NMH, Holles Street, Dublin, on February 13, 2012, just three hours after undergoing an emergency caesarean during the delivery of her son Frederick. The hospital refused to accept liability as part of the compensation settlement and denies the allegations.

The Hylands’ legal counsel, Ms Sasha Louise Gayer, spoke in the High Court and said that the Hylands are happy with the compensation settlement but were too upset to be present in court. Ms Gayer informed the court that baby Frederick was delivered successfully. However, not long after this Ms Hyland began to lose a lot of blood.

A subsequent inquest later delivered a verdict of medical misadventure. Ms Hyland had to wait almost 40 minutes for a blood transfusion after a severe bleeding.

In presenting his ruling on the cause of death, Dublin coroner Dr Brian Farrell ruled that the  cardiac arrest which occurred due to severe post-partum haemorrhage was mainly to blame. However, he unable to confirm that the delay in Mrs Hyland receiving blood was a “definite” cause of her death.

In returning this verdict the inquest was told that a labelling mistake in the laboratory caused a 37-minute delay in Mrs Hyland being given a blood transfusion. Another problem was that no emergency supply units of O-negative, the universal blood type, were maintained in operating theatres at the National Maternity Hospital at the time of the issue. Steps were put in place and a request for blood was processed just after midnight.

Mr Hyland (42) from Station Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin had taken the wrongful death in childbirth legal action against the NMH for nervous shock in relation to the traumatic circumstances at the time the incident.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

€750k Hospital Failure to Diagnose Compensation for Teacher who Suffered Brain Aneurysm

Ms Lorraine Duffy, a Galway teacher who collapsed with a brain hemorrhage four years after being given the all clear in a brain scan has settled a High Court action for €750,000 failure to diagnose compensation.

Ms Duffy’s legal representative barrister John O’Mahony told the High Court she had attended the Galway hospital for a brain scan in 2008 as she was suffering from severe headaches particularly over her left eye. She was told that brain scan showed nothing abnormal and she was given the all clear. Four years later, in 2012, Ms Duffy was out running in 2012 when she collapsed.

Counsel said that at this point it was discovered that there was an aneurysm in the right side of the brain which should have shown up in the initial brain scan in 2008. Due to the failure to act on the 2008 brain scan Ms Duffy now has deficits because of injuries to the brain.

Ms Duffy (42) of An Creagan, Barna, Co Galway, took the failure to diagnose action against the Bon Secours Hospital, Renmore Road, Bon Secours Ireland Ltd and Bon Secours Health System Ltd of College Road, Cork which manages the Galway hospital. In addition to this she sought compensation from consultant radiologist Dr Davidson and Alliance Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ltd of Raheen, Co Limerick which was managed the diagnostic imaging at the Galway Hospital at the time of the 2008 scan.

Ms Duffy was given the wrong diagnosis of migraine headaches to be managed with medication. However, in the aftermath of her collapse in 2012 the matter was further investigated at a Dublin hospital and Ms Duffy was found to have been suffering from aneurysms.

Due to the brain injuries she suffered during the aneurysms Ms Duffy can now only do her job part time and will suffers from the consequences for the remainder of her life.

An apology by consultant radiologist, Dr Ian Davidson, of Bon Secours Hospital, Galway, was read to the court in which he acknowledged and apologised for “the failings” in respect of his care that led to the delay in diagnosis of Lorraine Duffy’s inter cranial aneurysm.

Dr Davidson stated: “I would like to offer my sincere sympathy and regret for the upset and harm you have suffered arising from the subarachnoid hemorrhage in May 2012”.

 

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Repeat Cervical Scans Slammed by Medical Council President

Dr Rita Doyle, the President of the Medical Council has stated that asking patients to attend for repeat cervical smears due to the fact that their original samples are expiring beyond use is unacceptable.

Dr Doyle issued a official statement to the media following reports that a number of women who were being re-tested in the aftermath of  CervicalCheck controversy might have to go have a another smear test again as their samples are almost past the point of valid use.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has revealed that in some cases smears may have to be taken again as the samples obtained have been stored for longer that their six-week period of use. The HSE also said that they will try and stop samples expiring but added that there has been a massive increase in the numbers of smears that contracted laboratories have to conduct.

Following this news, Dr Doyle urged that doctors who conduct the screening be supported as much as possible so they can complete timely laboratory analysis.

Dr Doyle said: “This is unacceptable to both patients and doctors. This could have the potential to have a further negative impact on the public’s confidence in screening services which would be very concerning. I am aware of reports of a recent development of a bottleneck in the analysis of cervical smears, whereby smears are not analysed in a timely fashion thus forcing the woman to re-attend and the doctor to repeat the smear.

She (Dr Doyle) went on to say that the Medical Council hopes to soon receive the results of the Scally Report. The Medical Council has also contacted the HSE to request information pertaining to any reports commissioned into the CervicalCheck issue.

Dr Doyle Concluded: “If there are issues around professional performance or conduct relating to individual doctors they will be investigated and dealt with by the Medical Council in a fair manner according to our procedures and regulatory powers”.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

€850k Wrongful Death Compensation for Man Who Lost Wife

Donal O’Sullivan, a widower who took a wrongful death compensation legal case against a doctor and the Health Service Executive (HSE) after his wife passed away just a day after a blood test indicated that she had low levels of potassium, has settled his High Court compensation action for €850,000.

The court was advised that mother-of-four Maureen O’Sullivan, who was in her 50s, should have been immediately taken to hospital after a test indicated she had dangerously low levels of potassium. As a result of this Mr O’Sullivan, from Crookstown Co Cork, sued Dr Therese Crotty of Main Street, Ballincollig, Co Cork, and the HSE in relation to the wrongful death of his wife on November 8, 2011.

It was claimed that on November 4, Ms O’Sullivan had attended Dr Crotty as she was experiencing palpitations. A blood test was completed and taken for analysis at Cork University Hospital. On November 7 the result showing  severe hypokalaemia, a low level of potassium, was sent to the Doctor’s clinic in Ballincollig.

Dr Crotty, it is claimed, did not plan to admit Ms O’Sullivan to hospital immediately upon learning she suffered severe hypokalaemia. Neither did she advise the patient that this is what she was suffering from.

Additionally, it was claimed that the HSE did not properly indicate the importance of the abnormal blood test results to the doctor and that there was an absence of efficient systems of communication. Along with this, it was stated by Mr O’Sullivan’s legal representatives that the HSE had depended on a clerical officer to send the test results that they required urgent clinical attention.

In a letter that was read aloud to the court, Dr Crotty and the HSE apologised for their part in the events that led to Ms O’Sullivan’s passing. It referred to the O’Sullivan family on behalf of Dr Crotty remarking: “I deeply regret the tragic circumstances that led to the death of your wife, mother and sister Ms Maureen O’Sullivan. I apologise unreservedly for the part I played in the events leading up to her death. I am acutely conscious of the pain and suffering which this has caused to you all.”

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Compensation Bill for Cervical Cancer Screening could top €500m

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy will be compensated through a redress scheme. It is estimated that the cost of doing this could be in excess of €500m.

This announcement comes as new reports indicate that the original estimate that the number of misdiagnosis cases is actually as high as 3,000 and not the 1,500 it was originally believed to be. Should this be the case then it is extremely likely that the number of people given the incorrect results may be much higher that the 208, of whom 17 are now dead, first reported when the scandal became public.

Speaking during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil this week Mr Varadkar said: “We will need a scheme of redress for women whose cancer was missed and should have been detected beyond normal error and for women where there was a breach of duty to inform them of the audit results”.

He added: “Once again, I want to say how deeply concerned and upset I and the whole Government are at the situation with which we are now grappling.”

The Taoiseach also revealed that women who wants a repeat smear or review of their test, the State will meet that cost, as well as the GP appointment fee.

The smear controversy arose following the by the case taken by Vicky Phelan, a terminally ill mother. Mrs Phelan was advised, following a smear test in 2011 that she showed no signs of cervical cancer. However, an audit carried out in 2014 showed that the original results of the smear test were actually incorrect. Despite this she was not advised that she had cervical cancer until 2017 and in January 2018 she was told that her illness was now terminal – she has 6-12 months to live.

Ms Phelan, a 43-year-old mother of two from Co Limerick, was awarded €2.5m in the High Court. She now plans to travel to the US in the hope of being accepted onto a new trial treatment for cervical cancer.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Vicky Phelan Awarded €2.5m in Delayed Diagnosis Compensation Due to Incorrect Smear Test Results

An delayed diagnosis compensation settlement of €2.5m against a US laboratory has been made to Mrs Vicky Phelan, a terminally-ill mother of two from Annacotty, Co Limerick, who was wrongly advised that she did not have cancer in 2011.

In January 2017 Mrs Phelan was told that she has less than one year to live. This was after she had been advised, in 2011, that there were no abnormalities present in the smear sample tested at to Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc. in Austin, Texas. Sadly,  in her next smear test completed in 2014 cervical cancer was now detected. Clinical Patholhy Laboratories found, during a review in 2014, that the 2011 smear test results had been incorrect. Despite this, Mrs Phelan was only made aware of this error in 2017.

Mrs Phelan’s legal team pointed out. in her High Court action which started last week, that if the cervical cancer had been detected in 2011 she (Mrs Phelan) would have had a regular procedure that would have given her a 90% chance of survival.

The legal action against the Health Service Executive was struck out and as the  misdiagnosis compensation settlement was made in relation to the testing company Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas only, with no admission of liability.

In the aftermath of award being announced Mrs Phelan stated that a thorough inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme should be initiated.

She said: “To know for almost three years a mistake had been made and I was misdiagnosed was bad enough but to keep that from me until I became terminally ill and to drag me through the courts to fight for my right to the truth is an appalling breach of trust and I truly hope some good will come of this case and there will be an investigation in the CervicalCheck programme as a result of this.”

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he was satisfied  with that approval and he praised the legal teams for completing the compensation action, was only begun in February 2017, to court as swiftly as they had. He also said that Vicky Phelan is one of the most impressive witnesses that has come before him in court.

Mrs Phelan has recently started treatment with a new drug and hopes to be accepted on to a US programme providing innovative treatment, So far she has raised €200,000 via a Go Fund Me page. Justice Cross said he believed that if anyone could beat this it is Mrs Phelan.

 

 

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

€40,000 Hospital Negligence Award Following Death of Girl Due to a Hole in her Heart

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued an apology unreservedly to the family of a little girl who died due to a hole in her heart being not being diagnosed. The HSE will also be required to pay over €40,000 hospital misdiagnosis compensation to her parents.

Aimee Keogh was two-years-old when she died in an ambulance as she was due to be transferred from Limerick Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital for Children, Crumlin for a cardiac procedure on July 10, 2014.

Aimee had first been taken to hospital in March 2014 for febrile convulsions caused by tonsillitis. Consultant radiologist Padraig O’Brien said that after reviewing her X-ray, he was suspicious of a septal defect – a hole between the chambers of the heart.

Despite this, Aimee was not taken to a paediatric cardiologist and further negligence was experienced when a paediatric neurologist and a treating paediatrician did not review or recognise irregularities in the X-ray, the Keogh family alleged.

Four months later, Aimee’s major congenital heart defect went undiagnosed until her condition worsened in the days leading up to her death.

Aimee had experienced 17 seizures before being taken to hospital on July 9 and was being made ready for transfer to Dublin for a paediatric cardio echo procedure that can be carried out only by a paediatric cardio consultant based at Crumlin Hospital in Dublin.

An inquest into the little girl’s passing was told her case was never examined by a paediatric cardiologist, but paediatric consultant Anne Marie Murphy, who was responsible for Aimee’s case, said she discovered the X-ray to be normal and a multi-disciplinary team who looked over the same X-ray over three weeks later also found it to be regular.

When this happened there were no paediatric cardiologists located outside Crumlin and children could have to wait up to two years for an appointment.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly directed the Health Service Executive to pay misdiagnosis compensation of €40,000 to the Keogh family.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Woman (60) has €5m Settlement for Medical Misdiagnosis Compensation Approved

Bernadette Surlis (60) from Co Roscommon has had her €5m medical misdiagnosis compensation settlement, in her litigation against the Health Service Executive (HSE) settled.

The legal action was in relation to the treatment she was given at Sligo General Hospital in 2013. Senior Counsel Mr Cush stated, if had Ms Surlis been speedily and correctly treated in November 2013, she would not have suffered the debilitating injuries that have changed her life completely. Mr Cush advised the court that liability was admitted by the Health Service Executive.

When she attended Sligo General Hospital on November 3, 2013, Ms Surlis was complaining of a headache, vomiting and had a dilated left pupil on her eye. However she was designated as category three ‘triaged’ case and left to wait for treatment for an additional three hours. ‘Triaged’ means that she was not treated as an immediate emergency requiring quick attention.

Doctors looked over her for symptoms of glaucoma and sent her home. However, she returned the very next day and, at this time, the severity of her ailments was “appreciated for the first time”.

Ms Surlis, who resides at Drinaum, Strokestown in Co Roscommon was moved to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital on November 5 as she experienced a hemorrhage and severe/permanent injury. Mr Cush said the opinion of experts was that Ms Surlis, who now needs permanent care, will only slightly improve over the course of her life. She is aware of the severity of her condition and has difficulty communicating. However she can do so with the help of her close family members – three grown children and four sisters who live close to her.

It is claimed that if she had been sent to Beaumont when she first attended the Sligo Hospital she could have been treated in a correct manner and made a complete recovery and rehabilitation.

Now restricted to a wheelchair and living in a nursing home, Bernadette Surlis may realise her wish to return home in the future. Mr Justice Kevin Cross was advised that the misdiagnosis negligence settlement makes this a real possibility.

Judge Mr Justice Kevin Cross remarked that the medical misdiagnosis compensation settlement was a “reasonable and very good one”.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

Coombe Hospital to Pay €15m in Birth Injury Compensation to Donegal Boy

A €15 million infant compensation settlement has been approved at the High Courtfor a boy, now four years old, who sustained injuries at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin during his birth.

The hospital issued an apology to Eoin McCallig, who lives at Dunkineely in Co Donegal, and his parents for his devasting injuries he sustain while being delivered.

Following the apology, Eoin McCallig’s father Anthony said the family could forgive a genuine mistake. However, he stated that they could not accept the way HSE treated their family and others in similar cases.

Mr McCallig stated that he believes there must be a “better way” of handling cases involving devastatingly injured children than through litigation lasting years to a “bitter end” and last-minute settlement approvals. He told High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly that the culture and procedures needed to change and take more consideration for those who have suffered.

He claimed that the Health Service Executive has spent approximately €800m in the the last ten years in battling these legal actions. Mr McCallig stated that these funds could be put to much better use.

He said the compensation settlement of €15m infant compensation would never change what happened to Eoin, but it would provide some relief as they knew that Eoin would now be cared if anything happened to them.

Staff at the Coombe Hospital stopped monitoring Eoin’s heart rate at 9.30am on the morning of his birth, the High Court was told.

Eoin’s parents claimed that if he had been monitored after this, hospital staff would have seen he was in distress before he was born at around 11.30am. The court heard he had been deprived of oxygen in the 20 minutes just before he was delivered.

It was claimed that if their son had been monitored and delivered earlier, he would not have suffered such devastating injuries. The High Court was told Eoin was a very intelligent boy, but he cannot walk or talk and can communicate with others only using his eyes and expressions.

In a statement made public through their solicitor, Michael Boylan, Eoin McCallig’s parents said the infant compensation settlement was welcome but the family “would hand this €15 million settlement back in a heartbeat if Eoin could get back what was robbed from him in those two precious hours before his birth”.

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If you have suffered an injury or the avoidable deterioration of an existing condition due to a medical professional´s failure to act in a medical situation, you may be eligible to make compensation claims for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

In order for a claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that the delay was avoidable “at the time and in the circumstances” and attributable to a poor professional performance below the accepted standard of care in the medical community.

It also has to be shown that your injury would not have occurred if medical treatment had been provided in a timely manner, or that the deterioration of an existing condition was sufficiently significant to warrant claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence.

To find out more about claiming compensation for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence, you are invited to call our Freephone Advice Line and discuss the circumstances of your delayed treatment with a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor will make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether you have an injury claim for delayed treatment due to hospital negligence which may be worth your while to pursue.

1,000 Irish Deaths Due to Medical Negligence Every Year

Roger Murray, Head of the Medical Negligence Department at a leading law firm, told a recent Pathways to Progress conference on medical negligence that around 1,000 unnecessary deaths are happening annually in Ireland due to medical mistakes.

Mr Murray, joint Managing partner at Callan Tansey solicitors, went on to say that up to 160,000 people attending hospital for treatments suffer injuries due to human error. Mr Tansey, speaking during September at the gathering of solicitors, medical professionals and patients, insisted that there is “no compo culture” present when it comes to medical negligence compensation action in Ireland. He saidthat what we are currently seeing in the legal system in Ireland is just “the top of a very murky iceberg”.

Mr Tansey who has represented clients in a number of high-profile medical negligence compensation legal actions said that he feels that not all people injured in medical incidents make it known it while the HSE is alerted of 34,170 “clinical incidents” every year. Just 575 of these incidents lead to compensation claims against the HSE, a rate of less than 1.7 per cent.

The most commonly experienced cases, according to Mr Murray, relate to surgery (36 per cent) medicine (24 per cent), maternity (23 per cent) and gynaecology (7.5 per cent).

He emphasised that while injured patients and families do have pity for medical professionals after they make mistakes what “they cannot abide is systemic and repeated errors”.

He called for inn depth reviews to be completed when mistakes do occur. Mr Murray said he had seen many inquests where families learned that reviews had been completed following a death and, despite this, and the results were not disseminated to appropriate staff who could have learned from them.

 

 

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