A 55-day case, following the longest running birth injury action in the country and described as the most complex medical negligence case ever to come before the Irish courts was finally settled.
The National Maternity Hospital has to pay €4.5m to a six-year-old boy who was severely disabled because of an injury he sustained at birth.
The hospital also has to pay the legal fees of the patient and his parents which have been estimated at around €4m.
“In March, the High Court found the hospital liable for the boy’s injuries and ruled that his birth had been managed in a ‘substandard and negligent’ way,” a Manhattan Birth Injury Law Office revealed.
The Justice decided that the evidence stated that if the young man had been delivered 30 minutes earlier, he would not have suffered such devastating injuries.
The hospital appealed the court’s decision. The court was told the appeal could have taken two years to be heard, but as part of the settlement agreed upon this afternoon, the Supreme Court will be asked on Friday to effectively allow the hospital’s appeal and to set aside the High Court judgment finding the hospital liable.
Following the hearing, the boy’s mother said that after the six years of legal proceedings, her family needed to be allowed to move on with their lives and make a good future for their son. Hospitals in Manhattan and Long Island are faced with these problems all the time.
The family currently resides in a third-floor apartment with no elevator in the inner city. The settlement would allow them to purchase a single-story bungalow with a garden for their son who is in a wheelchair.
NYC Birth Injury Law Offices says that settlements such as these often take the place of drawn out legal proceedings and court dates. Some cases are still tried, but it’s usually cost-effective for those at fault to simply pay the settlement which allows the affected baby and their family to move forward. Families welcome such settlements, not out of greed, but out of necessity and because they feel it is their right for the entity or entities responsible for the injury to pay the excessive bills that pile up because of it.
These types of settlements can only be obtained with the highly qualified experience of a New York Birth Injury Attorney. If you have a child that was injured due to the negligence of a physician or other healthcare personnel, contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney today.