Personal Injury – Cork girl who was injured in the eye during delivery settles High Court action for €198,000

A young Cork girl who was injured in the eye by a forceps during her delivery settled her action in the High Court for €198,000 on Tuesday 28.10.2014. The young girl sued the HSE through her mother and next friend over injuries sustained during her birth at St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork on 18th October 2006. It was alleged by the Plaintiff there was failure to use the forceps properly, appropriately and competently. After the birth, the baby girl had cuts to her head, her right eye was swollen. The claims were denied by the HSE. Senior Counsel for the child said that during delivery by a junior doctor, the forceps covered the eye thus causing the injury.The High Court heard the child,who is now aged eight, has had to wear glasses  up to now  however she will be able to cease wearing them shortly and taking both eyes together she has very good vision. The court further heard that in the future, she would be unable to pursue certain careers such as a career in the Garda Siochana or in the Army. The court heard that the child is doing very well at school and has a small scar under her right eye.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very good settlement and he approved it.

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