Compensation for Delayed Treatment Awarded to Family

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Editor

A medical facility has “apologised unreservedly” and paid 500,000 Euros in compensation for delayed treatment to the family of a man who died from septic shock after being admitted with abdominal pains.

Barry Murphy (38) was taken to the South Infirmary–Victoria Hospital in the morning of 24th April 2008. Barry, who was working as a financial controller who suffered from Crohn´s Disease, was diagnosed with a perforated bowel but surgery was delayed until late in the evening – by which time septic shock had taken over Barry´s body – and he was pronounced dead the same evening.

Barry’s wife, Mary, and her two daughters claimed that he (Barry) had died due to medical malpractice, and took the South Infirmary–Victoria University Hospital to court, claiming compensation for delayed treatment and wrongful death. The hospital at first denied liability for Barry´s death, during which time Mary suffered significant psychological damage and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

However, at the High Court, Mr Justice John Quirke was told that the hospital now accepted that “the level of care provided to the late Mr Murphy fell short of an acceptable standard”, and was willing to pay delayed treatment compensation for delayed treatment amounting to 500,000 Euros. After ensuring that the settlement offer was acceptable to Barry´s widow, Mr Justice John Quirke approved the settlement, adding his own sympathy to Mary and her two daughters for the unthinkable tragedy.


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