In January 2011, the team represented a 17 year old girl who sustained catastrophic brain injuries during the course of her mother's labour and subsequent delivery in May 1993 at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
This was a high risk pregnancy. The mismanagement of the medical staff who handled this unnecessarily prolonged labour and delivery resulted in the Plaintiff sustaining a hypoxic ischemic insult (oxygen deprivation injury) to the brain in the final hour leading up to delivery. This injury would have been avoided had she been delivered on a timely basis, which, according to the experts retained should have occurred in the face of ongoing complications and failure to progress.
As a result of her injuries, this child has dystonic cerebral palsy. She is both physically and intellectually disabled. Having previously consulted with another firm of Solicitors who advised that no liability attached to the hospital, contact was made with our team in recent years, who investigated the matter further and established liability for the child's injuries.
Proceedings issued and the case was fixed for hearing as and from the 11th January 2011, to run for six weeks. The case settled in the sum of €4.5m, without admission of liability, in the days preceding the hearing date. On the 11th January 2011, Mr. Justice Quirke of the High Court approved the settlement and expressed the view that this young lady had been very well served by her legal team. The settlement funds will be applied to the purchase of a suitably adapted home, together with the necessary therapies, aids, adaptations and appliances to ensure this young lady can live as independently and as comfortably, as possible.
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