I am personally delighted with this verdict and that Eoin and his parents have gotten justice and will now receive appropriate compensation to make life a bit easier for them. This case was one of the most complex and hard fought birth injury cases this firm has ever handled. The Trial lasted 45 days, spread over a period of just over a year. It was the first time ever that the negligence concerned the failure of midwives and paediatric staff to perform a timely resuscitation of a baby in need of assistance. We were always confident in the merit of the Plaintiff’s case, particularly having regard to the fact that the mother was a consultant anaesthetist and we always knew she would be an impressive and reliable witness. Remarkably there was no effort whatsoever made by the Defendants at any stage to attempt to mediate or compromise the case and literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions have been spent in legal costs which could otherwise have been available to meet Eoin’s compensation needs, never mind the enormous stress placed on the family during the Trial. Questions need to be asked as to how these cases are Defended by those representing the State. I ask the question; How can the State afford to incur massive legal costs in Defending meritorious cases such as this, at a time when health budgets and health services are being drastically reduced throughout the State?
09 February 2013