Monthly Archives: January 2019

Personal injury settlement is among the largest ever paid to an individual

The crash occurred April 24, 2016, at about 1:25 p.m. Taylor was driving westbound on Seneca Street downtown in a black Porsche Carrera, according to accounts from multiple police reports. At the same time, a Seattle Fire Department ambulance was driving northbound on Fourth Avenue with its lights and sirens on. The ambulance entered the intersection at Seneca and Fourth through a red light at the same time as Taylor. The driver of the ambulance told officers that he “either stopped or slowed” at the intersection and believed it was clear before entering.

About halfway through the intersection, the ambulance hit Taylor’s Porsche on the driver’s side, spinning it around, up onto the sidewalk and up against a tree, according to police reports.

Girl with cerebral palsy settles case for €6m

A seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had sued over the circumstances of her birth at a Galway hospital has settled her High Court action for €6m. Faye Walsh, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told, has spastic quadriplegia, is non-verbal and can only communicate with her family by making noises and smiling. She is a full-time wheelchair user and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life. Counsel for Faye, Denis McCullough SC, told the court it was their case that an obstetrician should have been notified earlier and the vacuum-assisted delivery of Faye at University Hospital, Galway, on August 15, 2011, should have been done earlier. Outside court, the Walsh's solicitor Michael Boylan said it was the end of a two-week trial and a four-year battle for the Walsh family. Faye Walsh...
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Woman with terminal cancer sues GP over alleged negligence

A 37- year old mother of two with terminal cancer has launched a High Court action against a GP claiming alleged negligence over a visit to the doctor after she found a small lump under her arm while in the shower.

Christine Rossiter, Mr Justice Anothony Barr was told, has only months to live after a tumour was found in her breast in 2016 and she has developed secondary cancer including in her brain.

The young mother told the High Court today that she feels like a "ticking time bomb" after a new tumour was found in her brain last year.

Ms Rossiter has sued GP Norma Donlon over a...

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Up to 6,000 women will need repeat cervical smear tests

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that up to 6,000 women will likely be called for a repeat smear test following the identification of an issue with HPV tests.

The HSE said in November 2018 Quest Laboratories advised CervicalCheck of a "specific problem in relation to standard HPV tests that have been carried out outside of the manufacturer's recommended timeframe since secondary HPV screening was introduced."

It said that action was being taken to investigate the issue, review any clinical impact or risk, and communicate with women to inform them in the first place.

The HSE said it has established an expert clinical team which would establish the facts and that it would "shortly be in a position to communicate with the women affected."


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€11m settlement for woman with cerebral palsy

An young woman has received a settlement of €11m at the High Court as a result of the circumstances surrounding her birth at the Erinville Hospital in Cork. Margaret is almost 19 years old and is described as "smiley and affectionate", but she has severe cerebral palsy, requires 24-hour care, cannot walk and is non-verbal. She was born at the now closed Erinville Hospital in Cork on 1 March 2000. Her mother's original due date was estimated to be 13 February, but later changed to 19 February. The court heard Margaret's mother, Claire, should have been induced earlier. While she was in labour, a monitor showed abnormalities in the foetal heart rate and Mrs Hurley's blood pressure was described as "through the roof". A scan carried out after her birth showed Margaret's brain had...
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Usher divorcing wife Grace Miguel after three years of marriage

Grace Miguel and popular singer Usher are divorcing after three years of marriage.

Usher has filed for divorce from his wife, Grace Miguel, nine months after separating. Usher, 40, and Miguel, 49, began dating in 2009 and later were married in Cuba in 2015.

They confirmed their split in March last year in a joint statement and insisted they would "remain deeply connected, loving friends”. And now nine months after they announced their separation, Usher filed the divorce.

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Source: The Daily Star

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State to take liability from farmers for hillwalkers’ claims

LEGISLATION protecting farmers from compensation claims by hillwalkers is set to be introduced before the end of this year.

Speaking on RTE's This Week programme, Minister Michael Ring said that the State Claims Agency, not individual farmers, should defend cases taken by hillwalkers who injure themselves on private mountain land.

He indicated that a new indemnity scheme would be introduced before the end of the year.

Source: Connaught Telegraph

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Prince Philip crash victim ‘considering personal injury claim’

The mum-of-two told The Sunday Mirror that she hadn't received a personal apology from Philip - and was instead read a bizarre 14-word statement by a police liaison officer.

Emma was reportedly told by Royal aides to "keep quiet more than ten times", and had to wait three days for an apology.

She revealed she was considering legal action after docs told her she could be forced off work for TWO months.

She said: "I think he should be treated the same as anyone else. How could you say no to prosecuting him if he's broken the law?"

“It has been such a traumatic and painful time and...

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Grieving mother opens up about new cyberbullying laws

Grieving mother opens up about new cyberbullying laws

Earlier this month Jackie gave a talk at Youthreach in Clondalkin and she has been invited to speak on suicide awareness and bullying in a Tallaght school. She has also found support and solace through a Facebook page she set up, Let’s Bring In Coo’s Law, which has seen families from all over the world contact her.

Jackie tries not to be over-protective with her sons Dean, 19, and 15-year-old Lee but finds it difficult. She added: “I am watching them. I can’t help it. I’m just so scared because I can’t go through something like that again.

“Nicole’s last text message to me was, ‘I...

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Severely brain damaged girl could have been saved from injury

Brain Damaged

A seven-year-old girl who was severely brain damaged at birth could have been saved from injury if she had been delivered ten minutes earlier, the High Court has been told.

Faye Walsh, of Letterfrack, Co Galway, has through her mother Martina sued the Health Service Executive and two consultant obstetricians over the circumstances of her birth at University Hospital Galway on 15 August 2011.

The defendants deny the claims.

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