High Court settlement

  • The High Court has today approved a settlement of €55,000 to the family of an 82-year-old Mayo man, who died after being admitted to Mayo General Hospital following a traffic collision four years ago.

    The family of Darby King from Ballinalecka, Castlebar, who died on 27 April 2014, had sued the HSE, claiming there was a delay of more than ten hours in administering blood-clotting medication to him.

    An inquest in 2015 into Mr King's death returned a verdict of medical misadventure.

    That inquest heard Mr King had a history of mini-strokes - or TIAs and was on blood-thinning medication when he was involved in a traffic collision on 24 April 2014.

    The inquest heard he appeared to have had a stroke prior to the collision.

    He initially presented with minor cuts to his face, but a CT scan showed evidence of haemorrhaging around his brain.

    The Coroner's Court in Castlebar heard that neurosurgeons in Beaumont Hospital advised doctors in Mayo to administer an anti-clotting drug to counter the effect of blood-thinning medication.

    But this was not administered for a number of hours after the recommendation was given.

    The Coroner's Court also heard evidence of serious staffing issues at the Emergency Department in Mayo General Hospital.

    Lawyers for the family told the High Court that the HSE had offered €55,000 to settle the case.

    The family's solicitor, David O'Malley of Callan Tansey solicitors, said their experts were firmly of the view that Mr King's death was caused by shortcomings in the Emergency Department.

    Mr O'Malley told Midwest News that it took ten hours to administer the appropriate medication, and yet in recent years, there's been a 40% increase in the number of patients on hospital trolleys.

  • The HSE has apologised in the High Court to a 69-year old Sligo woman who suffered a major stroke after she was discharged from a hospital without her blood-thinning medication.

    According to the Irish Independent, the court heard Mary Moss continued unknowingly for 6 weeks without her anti-coagulants, suffered a major stroke and is now disabled.

    Des O'Neill, senior counsel for Mary Moss, said Ms Moss is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, and her family plan to have her return home to Ballymote as soon as possible.

    In a court statement, the HSE apologised to Ms Moss and her family for any shortcomings in treatment at Sligo University Hospital.

    The apology was read as a settlement of the action, which was approved by the court with a €710,000 payment, plus annual care for the rest of her life in the region of €250,000 per year.

    Outside court, her daughter Leanne Moss said her mother, who suffers from left-side paralysis, has to use a wheelchair and she was relieved her mother's care was going to be looked after every year.