Monthly Archives: September 2018

Elderly Irish woman, 91, died after being scalded by tea

An elderly woman developed sepsis after she was scalded by tea spilled on her lap while out to lunch. Daphne Anderson, 91, died after she sustained third degree burns over 6% of her body but didn’t immediately report it. An inquest into her death, previously adjourned after the woman’s daughter called for the exhumation of her body for a fresh autopsy, concluded at Dublin Coroner’s Court with a narrative verdict. Her daughter Audrey Anderson had instructed her legal team to make the court aware her preference was for a verdict of medical misadventure which she claimed was “more accurate”. She was admitted to the Bon Secours Hospital before being transferred to the specialist burns unit at St James’s Hospital on December 3. She was treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids and improved until December...
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Pedestrian killed after being struck by truck

A woman pedestrian in her 70s has died after being struck by a truck in Co Monaghan. The collision happened at around midday on Main Street in Carrickmacross. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where a post-mortem examination will take place. Diversions are in place and the road will remain closed for technical examination by Forensic Collision Investigators at scene. Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 9690190, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any garda station. If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, please visit our Personal Injury Claims page. Source: RTE...
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The parents of a Sligo girl, who died in hospital after taking ill in a restaurant, are suing the HSE

THE PARENTS OF a Sligo student who died suddenly in 2017 are suing the HSE. 19-year-old Lisa Niland, a native of Curry in the western county and a student at the University of Limerick, took ill while eating in a fast food restaurant in Carraroe in January 2017. It’s understood that she first attended Sligo University Hospital for a number of days before transferring to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by air ambulance, where she passed away on 20 January. The cause of her death has not been made public. Last week her parents, Angela and Gerry Niland, launched separate High Court proceedings against the HSE, as opposed to an individual hospital. The nature of the lawsuits are as yet unclear. Damien Tansey Solicitors of Sligo, who describe themselves as specialists in medical negligence and personal injury claims, are...
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Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be jailed for his crimes. “It is time for justice,” said Judge Steven O’Neill, who handed down the sentence on Tuesday at the Montgomery county courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Cosby was found guilty earlier this year of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. The sentence caps a precipitous downfall for an actor once known as “America’s Dad,” who starred in the popular Cosby Show in the 1980s and 90s. The 81-year-old comedian was taken into custody immediately and led away in handcuffs after the judge refused to let him out on bail while he appeals, saying he “could quite possibly...
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Pret A Manger was warned over allergy alerts year before girl’s death, inquest told

Pret A Manger did not label “artisan” baguettes as containing sesame seeds despite six allergic reaction cases in the year before a teenager’s death, an inquest has heard. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, suffered a fatal reaction to a sandwich from the outlet, which she had not realised contained the ingredient, on July 17 2016. An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court was told the packaging failed to mention that sesame seeds were “hidden” in the dough. On Tuesday, it emerged that a “specific warning” about the dangers of not signposting the allergen had been given to the food chain the previous year. Pret baguettes described as “posh” or “artisan” were said to contain sesame seeds, including the artichoke, olive and tapenade one that Natasha ate. A complaint log for the company from between July 17, 2015...
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Inquiry hears radiographer mistook knee for elbow

A CORU inquiry has begun into allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct by radiographer Kashimbo Musonda. The events relate to two-and-a-half weeks in University Hospital Waterford, from 20 February to 17 March 2017. It is the first public fitness to practise inquiry by CORU, which regulates a range of health and social care professionals. The five allegations include a failure to display the skills or knowledge to safely practice as a radiographer. It is also alleged Ms Musonda displayed a lack of competence in radiographic positioning for x-rays and that she exposed a patient’s mother to radiation. It is also alleged there were cases where she did not ask women of childbearing age if they were pregnant prior to cancer-ray. Barrister for CORU Eoghan O’Sullivan said there were issues over the level of x-ray...
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Deceased rapper Mac Miller was 26 and had a will — similar to that of Michael Jackson

Mac Miller, a 26-year-old American rapper and music producer who died Sept. 7 in California, had a will, and its contents are similar to those of musical phenom Michael Jackson. The fact that Mr. Miller even had a will may surprise some financial advisers, given Mr. Miller's youth. Other famous, much older musicians — Aretha Franklin and Prince, to name recent examples — died without wills, tying up their substantial fortunes in a complex legal process. Mr. Miller, whose legal name was Malcolm McCormick, reportedly had a net worth of about $9 million at the time of his death, the cause of which officials have yet to verify. The Pittsburgh native released his first album, "Blue Slide Park," in 2011; it was the first independent album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart since 1995....
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Sir Elton John and David Furnish accept libel damages over ‘dog attack’ slur

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have accepted “significant” libel damages over a newspaper claim that their dog inflicted “Freddy Krueger-like injuries” on a child at a play date. The couple, who were not at London’s High Court today, brought proceedings against News Group Newspapers (NGN) over a front-page story in The Sun on Sunday in February. Their solicitor, Jenny Afia, told Mr Justice Nicklin that the item, captioned “Elton’s Dog Did This To My Girl”, also appeared on the Sun’s website and was picked up by a number of other publishers including the Mail Online, the Metro, the Mirror and the Evening Standard. She said: “The story described an incident at the claimants’ home at which a young child at a play date had been subjected to a serious attack by their dog, which...
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Suge Knight admits manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago. The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and a consultant on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pick-up truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries. Knight’s lawyers have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan. During Thursday’s hearing,...
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Inquest hears three generations of family killed in ‘horror’ crash in Mayo

A jury has returned verdicts of accidental death at inquest arising from a car crash that claimed the lives of three generations of the same family in Co Mayo last year. Mary Ann Wilson, 67, her 39-year-old daughter, Marcella, and her six-year-old son, Sean, died when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck on the N17 outside Claremorris on 11 September 2017. All three suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene. One of those who saw the incident, John Fallon from Ballindine, said "everything happened in an instant", when he saw something impacting with the side of the truck being driven along the N17 by Mr Tierney. The car went under the truck and emerged seconds later. The inquest heard how witnesses and emergency service personnel worked to assist the occupants...
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