Mary’s mother attended her GP on October 9th 1999, who told her to go to hospital immediately as she had symptoms of pre-eclampsia. She was admitted to hospital and labour was induced. On October 11th she was transferred to the labour ward. A CTG commenced shortly after 6am showed a series of decelerations in Mary’s heartbeat. The consultant was unavailable at the time due to illness and a locum consultant who was contacted said he was in Letterkenny. A third consultant was contacted and ultimately arrived and assisted in the delivery. Delivery was complicated and Mary was not born until 7.20am. Expert evidence would show that had Mary been delivered earlier by caesarean her injuries could have been averted.

In 2014 Mary received an interim settlement for two years without an admission of liability in the hope that Periodic Payment Order legislation might be in place at the expiry of the two years. As no such legislation was in place upon the expiry of the two years it was the family’s preference to press for a full and final lump sum settlement of the remaining claim and an apology from Mayo General Hospital.

At the ruling of the matter before the President of the High Court, Mary made a short statement in which she stated that “Justice has been done and I’m bringing closure to this, we can now move on with our lives.” The President commended her statement and described the family as “heroic.”

If you have any further queries, please contact Michael Boylan, Partner and Head of Medical Negligence Group.

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03 May 2016

    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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