Augustus Cullen Law have recently settled a High Court Action arising out of the stillbirth of a baby boy in a Dublin maternity hospital in June 2010. Augustus Cullen Law were instructed by the baby’s parents on foot of concerns which they had regarding the care provided to the baby’s mother after she was admitted to hospital in labour.
A thorough investigation into the care provided was carried out and the expert evidence which was obtained indicated that there had been a failure to properly monitor the baby’s condition and that continuous CTG monitoring should have been utilised due to abnormalities in the baby’s heart rate on admission. It was further alleged that had appropriate monitoring taken place the abnormalities in the heart rate would have been noted, delivery would have been expedited and the baby would have been born alive.
High Court proceedings were commenced in June 2012 seeking damages for the loss of the baby and also for the mental trauma that this caused the parents. A full Defence was delivered November 2013 in which the Defendant hospital denied all of the allegations of negligence and claiming that the care provided by the hospital complied with general and approved medical practise.
Notwithstanding the hospital’s full Defence of this claim, settlement negotiations took place in October 2014 which culminated in the Defendant agreeing to pay substantial damages to the Plaintiff’s, together with their legal costs.
22 December 2014