Augustus Cullen Law are successful in winning an interim award of damages for a five year old girl suffering from Cerebral Palsy and secure an apology from the H.S.E.

Hospital apologises as girl awarded interim €1.3m

The Irish Times – Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"South Tipperary General Hospital has apologised before the High Court over failings resulting in serious brain injuries to a girl born there five years ago. Kate Murphy, who has cerebral palsy, is also to receive a €1.3 million interim payment under a settlement of her proceedings over her injuries.

Mr Justice John Quirke agreed yesterday to adjourn the case for two years on the basis of agreement that future care costs would be addressed through a system of periodic payments. New legislation to deal with such payments in long-term care cases is expected to be introduced within that time.

Through her mother Sarah Murphy, Fethard, Co Tipperary, the child had alleged negligence and breach of duty in the circumstances of her birth at the hospital in September 2005. The case was against the Health Service Executive and Raymond Howard, a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist attached to the hospital.

Oonagh McCrann SC told Mr Justice Quirke yesterday she was instructed on behalf of the management and staff at South Tipperary General Hospital to express their sincere apologies for the failings that caused the injuries to Kate and the consequential trauma experienced by her and her family.

Mr Justice Quirke told Kate’s parents that while money was intended to compensate, that was grossly inadequate and “nothing can compensate”. The interim payment includes €450,000 for general damages, €400,000 for future loss of earnings and €200,000 towards the cost of a house."

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02 March 2011

    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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