Augustus Cullen Law have recently settled a case on behalf of a Plaintiff who suffered injuries during an elective hysterectomy. The Plaintiff underwent the total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy surgery and was discharged home from the hospital four days after the procedure. The Plaintiff began to feel very unwell in the subsequent days resulting in her return to hospital by ambulance where she learned that her bowel had been perforated. She was required to undergo a right hemicolectomy and primary anastomosis. However, a few days later she underwent an emergency laparotomy for an anastomotic leak.The Plaintiff’s recovery required an extended period in hospital and she also required a colostomy bag. The Plaintiff required the colostomy bag for over two years until she underwent reversal surgery which comprised a two-part operation.

The Plaintiff contacted Augustus Cullen Law who obtained expert opinion from a Consultant Gynaecologist in the UK. He was of the opinion that the Hysterectomy operation was not clinically indicated in the Plaintiff’s case and expressed the view that to perform an operation as major as a hysterectomy without any clinical indication was sub-standard care, and any complication that ensues is therefore the consequence of a sub-standard action. Further expert opinion was also obtained from a Colorectal expert who was of the opinion that there was a breach a duty in relation to the attempt to perform a primary anastomosis when the Plaintiff was returned to hospital which resulted in further complications and a protracted recovery period.

Proceedings were issued against the hospital in early 2015. Prior to the delivery of a Defence on behalf of the Defendant, settlement negotiations took place and the Plaintiff accepted the sum of €275,000 plus costs which were paid without an admission of liability.

If you have any further queries please contact Mary Ní Ghuairim, Solicitor in the Medical Negligence Department.

15 May 2017

    Gillian and all at Augustus Cullen Law, A million thanks for a great job done. Justice for our son at last!!

    Catherine, Liam & William

    Dear Michael, A great result was achieved because of your efforts and we were truly blessed to have you on our side.

    Kathleen, Medical Negligence Client

    Dear Joice…you are and have been very professional, sympathetic and dignified in all of your dealings with us and I put that down to one simple fact. You listened.

    James, Medical Negligence Client

    Geraldine, Thank you most sincerely for all your hard work and commitment to these children.

    Freda McKittrick, Head of Barnardos Beacon Guardian Ad Litem service

    Neil is an absolute gentleman to deal with – kind, tactful and very efficient. We could not praise him highly enough. He brought us through a horrible time.

    Sean, Medical Negligence Client

    Many thanks again for a job well done. We really appreciate all your hard work and practical advice.

    Corporate client in a commercial litigation matter

    Dear Jamie, You and your team in ACL were so professional, diligent and prompt. I have recommended you and the firm, and will continue to do so

    Lorraine McCarthy

    Gus Cullen and the firm’s approach to addressing the key issues was professional, yet personal, efficient yet attentive.


    The process is a difficult one and when you deal with people who are so professional and yet genuine/real people, it makes it so much easier... so thanks a million.


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