Monthly Archives: June 2018

Government to set up group to examine easier way to settle some medical negligence claims

The government is to set up a group to examine an easier way to settle some medical negligence claims. The expert group will look at resolving cases where there is no dispute over liability from the outset. Cases where there are catastrophic birth injuries or certain vaccine damage claims will also be looked at. It is in a bid to deal with such cases in a more sensitive and timely fashion. Tallaght Solicitors are specialist solicitors in relation to Medical Negligence, so if you have been affected by this issue, please visit our Medical Negligence page. Source: Irish Examiner...
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Mother loses custody of four-year-old son to ‘hugely committed father’

A mother lost the custody of her four-year-old son today in spite of an emotional appeal by her to a judge to hold on to her boy. At a provincial family law court, a district court judge said that it was in the child’s best interests that he now reside with his “hugely committed father”. The boy’s father wept in court as the judge awarded the man sole custody of the boy in the custody battle with his former partner. In making the order for sole custody, the judge said that the boy’s mother had until recently abandoned her son to the father and her own mother. In granting sole custody to the father, the judge overruled a recommendation of a social worker’s report which stated that the four-year-old boy and his younger half-brother...
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Court action settled over baby’s incorrect genetic test

A mother who gave birth to a baby with profound disabilities after she was wrongly told a genetic test was clear has settled her action for damages at the High Court. Her lawyers say it is the first case of wrongful birth involving the right to travel abroad for an abortion to come before the High Court. An interim payment of €1.8 million was approved by the court. The woman was the carrier of a gene for a rare condition and had intended to travel for a termination of the pregnancy if tests showed her baby had the condition. However, she was told the test was normal and she continued with the pregnancy. Her lawyers told the High Court the parents "continued happily and joyously with the pregnancy but later suffered enormous shock and...
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Call for ‘duty of candour for all medical negligence claims’ as boy with cerebral palsy awarded €5m

A 14-year old boy with cerebral palsy who sued over the circumstances of his birth at Sligo General Hospital has settled his High Court action for €5 million. Mr Justice Kevin Cross praised the parents of Conor Maxwell for the care they have given their son and the judge said the settlement will now help, "as far as money can" in the future care of the boy. In a statement outside court solicitor David O'Malley, who represented Conor Maxwell, called on the Minister for Health to bring in a duty of candour for all medical negligence claims. He said Health Minister Simon Harris needed to act now. Conor's counsel Des O’Neill SC along with Doireann O’Mahony BL told the court Conor has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and cannot communicate. Counsel said Conor is happy as...
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Average value of houses surge by €100,000 in five years

Almost 15 new property millionaires were created every week in Ireland last year as the average value of a house surged almost €100,000 in five years, a new report shows. The second Daft.ie housing wealth report shows the average residential property was worth almost €250,000 in the first quarter of 2018. It is up from a low of €165,000 in early 2013, with the total value of Ireland’s residential dwellings increasing by just over 7% year-on-year to an estimated €420bn. That figure is twice the combined market capitalisation of the 50 or so firms listed on the Irish stock exchange and €120bn more than Irish GDP last year. The report estimates there are now almost 4,600 property millionaires in Ireland, up 762 on last year. Visit our House Sales, Purchases & Tenancies page here. Source:...
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‘It feels like I married a different person’

'It feels like I married a different person': Husband of woman in e-scooter accident

He misses his wife's smile and her sociable personality. He remembers her cheerful confidence when she played cards with her friends. Now, it seems as if Leong Loon Wah, 55, is living with a stranger who keeps her thoughts to herself. His wife, Ang Liu Kiow, 55, was involved in a collision with an electric scooter ridden by a 17-year-old boy in September 2016. The incident left her in a coma for a month with severe head injuries. But for him, the effort comes too late, he told The Sunday Times yesterday at their four-room flat in Pasir Ris. Leong said in Mandarin: "I can understand the need for alternative forms of transportation. The fact is, on that day of the collision,...
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Conor McGregor set to appear in New York court on June 15th

Conor McGregor made headlines in April for his alleged role in the infamous UFC 223 bus attack in Brooklyn. He stunned the UFC world when he reportedly interrupted a press event at Barclays Center ahead of UFC 223, leaving many wondering about his future and forcing the UFC to cancel three fights after Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured in the melee. There was a lot that happened in a short amount of time, but we have recapped the details leading up to his second court appearance. When is McGregor due in court next? He is due in Brooklyn Criminal Court in New York on Friday June 15. What has he been charged with? McGregor has been charged with three counts of misdemeanour assault and one count of felony criminal mischief. How much was McGregor's bail? McGregor posted $50,000 bail...
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Teen now needs hand held when crossing road after accident

A JUDGE has rejected an offer for a personal injury claim worth almost €9,000 after hearing that a teenage girl has to hold someone’s hand while crossing the road following a traffic collision in Limerick. At a Limerick Civil Court sitting at Merchant’s Quay, Judge Gerald Keys, presiding, heard that a girl and her mother were struck by a car while crossing a road in Dooradoyle on March 9, 2017. The plaintiff, who cannot be named because she is a minor, was represented by Michael Purtill BL, who stated that an offer of €8,787 was too low. The court heard that the plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck, her right and left shoulders and elbows, and her hip. Click here to visit our Personal Injury Claims page if you've been affected by any...
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€20K compensation for slip and fall at pub in #Wicklow

A woman has been awarded almost €20,000 for past and future pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of injuries suffered when she slipped and fell at a pub in Wicklow in 2012. Mr Justice Keane said that the pub was negligent and in breach of duty by failing to install a handrail on each side of the ramp, and rejected arguments that the woman was guilty of contributory negligence. Background In the High Court, Ms Danielle Busher sought damages from Altona Taverns Limited T/A The Old Forge for personal injuries sustained when she slipped and fell at while attending a birthday party at The Old Forge in Wicklow in December 2012. The Court heard that the party was being held in an upstairs room at the venue, adjacent to which there was an adjoining flat-roof that had...
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Dublin City Council investigating reports of unsafe balconies in #Tallaght

The dangerous buildings section of South Dublin County Council is investigating reports of unsafe balconies in Tallaght. Some owners of apartments in Hunterswood in Ballycullen have been warned not to step on their terraces until further notice. It is after engineers flagged those who have wooden-supported balconies instead of steel are rotting at a faster rate than first thought. Fianna Fáil Councillor Charlie O'Connor says the local authority is now on the case.   Source: Irish Examiner...
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