Medical Negligence – 2.3 million interim award for young girl

The High Court in Dublin has approved an interim pay out for a three year old child in the sum of €2.5 million for the next three years with an unprecedented genuine apology from the HSE.    There was no denial of liability in this case. In a letter of apology, the HSE South/South West Hospital Group and the Kerry General Maternity Hospital said that they hoped to learn from their mistakes and apologised  unreservedly to the child and her family for the damage caused to her at birth.    The child sued the HSE and Kerry General Hospital, via her mother following injuries suffered at birth in April 2011.       The child has cerebral palsy, is fed through a tube and can communicate just with her eyes.   The Court was told that the injuries could have been prevented if the little girl had been born just fifteen minutes earlier.     The case will be back in Court in three years time when the family can decide whether to seek a lump sum final payment or, if anticipated legislation is in place, annual periodic payments in relation to the child’s future care.

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