Girl awarded €11m in negligence case
A young girl who suffered severe injuries and brain damage due to alleged negligence during her birth at Tralee General Hospital is to be paid a total of €11m in a final settlement of her High Court action.
The settlement for Bríd Courtney, now aged nine, was agreed without admission of liability by the HSE and was approved today by Ms Justice Mary Irvine.
Through her mother Deirdre Courtney, Killeacle, Ardfert, Co Kerry, the child sued the HSE arising from the circumstances of her birth at the hospital in February 2003.
An interim payment of €2m was approved by the High Court in late 2010 and the case was adjourned with the intention that additional payments to meet her future care needs would be assessed later under the system of periodic payments.
Because the necessary legislation for such a system has not yet been introduced, the case had resumed to assess the full costs of the child's future care needs.
Today, Ms Justice Irvine was told an additional €9m payment had been agreed to fully settle the case.