Settlement of €380,000 for girl injured at birth

 

A teenage girl who suffered a shoulder injury at birth is to receive €380,000 under a settlement of her High Court action made without admission of liability.

Mary Griffin (15), Shanacloon, Fermoy, Co Cork, through her father Donal, had sued a consultant obstetrician, Patrick Kieran, Orchard Road, Cork, and Bon Secours Health System Ltd, College Road, Cork, over alleged negligence during her birth at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, in 1997.

It was claimed Ms Griffin sustained a permanent injury to her left shoulder during her delivery and now suffers from Erb’s palsy. It was alleged Dr Kieran failed to identify the risk of shoulder dystocia prior to or during the delivery.

The claims were denied.