The State Claims Agency paid out €268.45 million in damages as a result of medical negligence claims last year.
Figures provided by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, showed an increase of €18.6 million - or 7.5% on the amount paid out in 2017.
The highest compensation payment relating to medical negligence was a payment of €15.5m in a cerebral palsy case, according to figures provided by the State Claims Agency (SCA). This compensation is not unique, and the SCA confirmed that seven of the ten most massive medical negligence pay-outs in 2018 concerned birth specific procedures or cerebral palsy claims. A total of €60.3m was paid out in damages across these seven cases, with the compensation provided to fund care for the individuals concerned for the rest of their lives.
Deputy McGrath said:
"Many of these medical negligence cases are truly horrendous in nature, and the human impact is incalculable. The HSE needs to ask itself why so many instances of negligence are occurring across the health system and take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the risk in the future.’
If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, it is vital that you are adequately compensated for your pain, suffering and loss. Legal assistance is available.
At Sherwin O’Riordan, our specialist litigation lawyers have a long, successful history of assisting clients in pursuing claims for financial compensation.
We handle every aspect of your claim: the gathering of evidence; interviewing witnesses; engaging with the relevant organisation or public body; and representing your interests during negotiations for financial settlement or, when necessary, in Court. Our team is very familiar with the processes involved in proving negligence in the Court system. If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, legal assistance is available.