Category Archives: Settlement

Family of ‘severely scalded’ 90-year-old woman awarded €54,000 in damages from nursing home

THE FAMILY OF a 90-year-old woman who, they claim, died as a result of scald injuries she suffered in a Co Dublin nursing home, have been awarded just over €54,000 damages for their own pain and suffering, loss, funeral and travel expenses arising from the tragic death of their mother and granny. Barrister Frank Crean told Circuit Court President, Raymond Groarke today that the deceased, Olive Sheeran, suffered severe scalding of her buttocks, left thigh and calf, heels and ankles when a water bottle burst in her bed. Crean, who appeared with John McCarthy of McCarthy Solicitors Clonakilty, Co Cork, said SRCW Limited, the operators of Ferndene Nursing Home, Deansgrange Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, had agreed to pay the family €54,406 damages as assessed by The Injuries Board. He said Carol Hayes, of Corabally, Ardfield, Clonakilty, Co...
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Hospital apologises to couple whose baby daughters died for issuing incorrect genetic report

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, has apologised to a couple for the shortcomings in care provided to them and that an incorrect genetic report was issued to them. The couple sued in the High Court for nervous shock in the case which centred on genetic screening and chromosomal abnormalities involving two of their children. In the High Court today Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the case could be struck out. The terms of the settlement in relation to both cases of nervous shock are confidential. The couple's counsel, Dr John O'Mahony SC, read out a letter of apology to the couple from the chief executive of Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Sean Walsh. It stated: "I wish to again reiterate the apology contained in the Review Report of August 4, 2017, to you...
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€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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Elderly woman needs to benefit urgently from estranged husband’s estate

A solicitor can go ahead with administering the estate of a deceased man for the benefit of his estranged wife, who is aged in her nineties and has dementia, the Court of Appeal has ruled. While the husband left just €1,000 in his will to his estranged wife - a ward of court - she is nonetheless legally entitled to one-third of his estate, Mr Justice Michael Peart noted. Given the woman's age and condition, it is obvious the task of her obtaining her legal right share during her lifetime "is of the utmost and pressing urgency", she has been without it for eight years now "and time is running out". On behalf of the three-judge court, he dismissed an appeal by the woman's son against a High Court order appointing a solicitor...
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Alex Reid taking legal action against Katie Price

The 42-year-old cage fighter is furious after his ex-wife revealed earlier this week she has shown "disgusting" pictures and videos of him to her friends and believes that he is a victim of a revenge porn offence. He told the Sunday People newspaper: "I have reported her. Enough is enough. "After seven years of bullying, harassment and threats I've had enough. I've been persecuted and it has to stop somewhere." Alex claims 39-year-old Katie - who filed for divorce from him in January 2011 after just 11 months of marriage - has broken promises she made when they split by showing the footage to other people. He added: "She has signed all sorts of things, admitted in front of lawyers and barristers and the law. "She was someone I loved. She was someone I shared...
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£10,000 payout for motor cyclist injured after farmer left mud on road

A teenager who was injured when she was thrown from her motorcycle after a farmer left a country road covered in mud has been awarded £10,000 compensation. Carrie Dickinson was 16 when the accident happened just a few miles from her home in Belton nearly two years ago. She had left college early and visited her dad Garry, in nearby Epworth, before leaving to drop off her bike at her grandmother’s house about seven miles away. But mud left on the road, which is close to two local farmers’ fields, caused her wheels to lose grip and she lost control of the bike, resulting in her landing on her head and shoulder at the side of the road.
Although Miss Dickinson, now 18, was not knocked unconscious, she broke her collarbone, which...
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Fraudulent injury compensation claims

"There has been a move over the past few years to make claiming compensation for whiplash injuries almost impossible.  The driving force, to pardon the pun, has come from the insurance industry which claims they have been paying out far too much money to claimants who suffer whiplash as a result of road traffic accidents.  They allege, amongst other things, that whiplash does not exist, that claimants exaggerate their injuries, that claimants falsely claim injury and, at the extreme, that the accident either did not happen or was staged so as to fraudulently claim compensation for personal injury. You do not have to work within the personal injury sector or insurance industry to...
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How Google Glass Could Help Win Your Personal Injury Case

One way is to lend Google Glass to personal injury clients so that they can communicate with their lawyers via Glass to show how their daily lives are affected by their injury. A law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, is operating a pilot scheme with Google Glass, and is looking for ways of using these communications as evidence. Adams and Diaco purchased its Glass units through Google’s Explorer Program. They plan to use Glass to show jurors the difficult problems that injured clients have to face every day. One obstacle may be the widely reported “invasion of privacy” issues raised by Google Glass. It has been claimed that Google is concerned about the adverse publicity arising from the ways in which its product could be used,...
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Jury awards $1.3 million to comic George Wallace in personal injury claim

[caption id="attachment_3445" align="alignleft" width="300"]Comedian George Wallace leaves a courtroom in Las Vegas after a jury awarded him $1.3 million. Comedian George Wallace leaves a courtroom in Las Vegas after a jury awarded him $1.3 million.[/caption] A Nevada jury on Tuesday awarded $1.3 million in damages to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he said he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007. The split decision in a civil negligence and personal injury lawsuit against the Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino came after two weeks of testimony and about 12 hours of deliberations. The 61-year-old stand-up comic known to many as Jerry Seinfeld's friend had sought at least $7.1 million, but he emerged from the courtroom Tuesday saying he was happy with the...
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What is a Structured Personal Injury Settlement?

Structured Personal Injury Settlement If you are awarded a large personal injury claim, should you take the money in a lump sum, or should you opt for regular payments? Some of the largest sums awarded in civil actions - on both sides of the Atlantic - are for medical negligence, personal injury, and the like. This is because many of the successful claimants will be incapacitated for the rest of their lives to varying degrees. To take just one example, in October 2011, a 12 year old boy was awarded some £5 million in an out-of-court-settlement with the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust after suffering brain damage allegedly as the result of an operation to correct a heart defect in...
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