Category Archives: Catastrophic injury

€5.9m settlement for man who lost sight due to Medical Negligence

The High Court has approved a settlement of €5.9m in the case of a man who went blind because of mistakes in his medical treatment. Brendan Doyle, 49, had a mild disability since his birth but had lived almost independently with some supports. However in June 2011 a shunt to drain fluid from his brain became infected and was removed at Beaumont Hospital. He was discharged home without the shunt being replaced. As a result, his condition deteriorated and he lost his sight. His lawyers told the High court the tragic consequences of the error was that he is now totally blind. They said Mr Doyle had been able to cope reasonably well with his pre-existing disabilities but this was "the final straw". He had to move out of his accommodation and live in a nursing home which he...
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High Court awards factory worker more than €220k for fall while trying to free trapped bin

A factory operative who suffered a severe ankle injury when he fell to the ground as he tried to free a trapped bin has been awarded over €220,000 by the High Court. Tomasz Zdejszy fell from a height of about two metres to the ground landing on his right foot in the accident six years ago. Mr Justice Michael Hanna assessed there was 20% contributory negligence on the part of Mr Zdejszy as he did not exercise sufficient care for his own safety. Tomasz Zdejszy, Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin had sued his employer Stewart Foil Ltd of Rosemount Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin and Panda Waste Services Ltd with offices at Newbridge House, Athlumney, Navan, Co Meath which was responsible for a waste collection at Stewart Foil Ltd. He claimed on April 13, 2012 he...
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Dublin girl, 14, knocked down while crossing road gets €47,500 settlement

A 14-year-old girl who was injured when she was knocked down as she attempted to cross a road near her home after buying an ice cream has settled her High Court case for €47,500. Shannon Whelan Loy suffered a fracture to her leg in the accident. Shannon (14), St Lawrence’s Terrace, Howth, Co Dublin had through her mother Catherine Whelan sued the driver of the car Krystian Kowalski with an address care of AIG Insurance company, North Wall IFSC, Dublin as a result of the accident on September 30, 2014 at Birchdale, Kinsealy. It was claimed the driver failed to have any or any due regard to pedestrian traffic which was likely to be at or on the road and there was an alleged failure to observe the presence of the ice cream...
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Ryder Cup spectator loses her eye after being hit by Brooks Koepka shot

The spectator whom Brooks Koepka hit with a tee shot at the Ryder Cup is considering legal action against the tournament’s organisers after losing the sight in one eye.

One of Koepka’s drives on the opening day of the tournament flew towards the crowd and hit Corine Remande. “Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye,” the 49-year-old told Agence France-Presse. “It happened so fast, I didn’t feel any pain when I was hit. I didn’t feel like the ball had struck my eye and then I felt the blood start to pour. The scan on Friday confirmed a fracture of the right eye-socket and an explosion of the eyeball.”

Koepka was quick to make his way over to the crowd and apologise to Remande, who...

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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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Second Tesla involved in fatal crash was in autopilot mode

US electric car maker Tesla has said that one of its vehicles was under the control of its Autopilot software when it crashed on a California highway two weeks ago, killing the driver. The disclosure on Friday marks the second confirmation in less than two weeks of a fatal accident involving a car that was effectively driving itself, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber vehicle in Arizona. The accidents are set to become the first serious test of whether regulators have been right to release imperfect versions of driverless car technology on to public roads, even when there are people behind the wheel who are meant to take control in dangerous situations. Tesla said more lives were being saved by releasing the technology now, with Tesla cars...
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New hope for Formula One legend Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher There could be new hope in former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher's fight to recover from a serious brain injury sustained in 2013, according to new reports. Swedish and German media outlets today reported the 48-year-old sporting legend could be flown to the US for state-of-the-art medical treatment, where a brain injury specialist is set to offer him "new hope". Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury in a ski accident in December 2013, from which he is yet to recover. According to Swedish newspaper Expressen and German magazine Bravo, Schumacher's wife Corinna "decided to try new care", including consulting a brain injury specialist named Dr Mark Meeks. Source: NZ Herald

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Singer wins further €1.5m for catastrophic injury

This brings to €5.1m the total settlement in the case of Elaine Lennon. Mr Justice Peter Kelly noted Elaine Lennon, now 42, was a talented opera singer who was pursuing a masters in psychology when she suffered the injuries. A CT scan after her symptoms persisted indicated an abscess on her brain had burst. She is also one of many catastrophically injured plaintiffs adversely affected by the continuing delay over years to enact laws allowing for lifelong payments in such cases and this was her fourth time to have to come to court to have her future care needs assessed, he said. This latest payment of €1.5m is intended to cover her care for the next five years by which time he hoped the legislation would have...
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