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Last Minute Settlement Agreed for Cerebral Palsy Claim

A man, who sustained birth injuries due to the alleged negligence of medical staff at the Erinville Hospital in Cork, agreed to a settlement of his cerebral palsy claim just minutes before the court hearing to determine his case was about to start.

Dermot Moylan (21) of Mallow, County Cork had sued the Erinville Hospital along with the Southern Health Board, Dr David Jenkins and Dr John McKiernan in relation to the circumstances surrounding his birth in 1989. Through his mother, Anna Moylan, it was alleged that Dermot was deprived of oxygen at the time of his birth due to a lack of care by medical staff.

As a result of brain damage due to oxygen deprivation, Dermot suffers from severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other health complications, and will required around-the-clock care for the rest of his life. The allegations of negligence were disputed by the defendants, however shortly the case to hear Dermot´s cerebral palsy claim for compensation was about to start, by Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill was informed that a settlement had been agreed upon.

A decision to offer cerebral palsy compensation of 4.25 million Euros had been made by the defendants, and this offer was accepted by Anna Moylan on behalf of her son. The judge, once he had heard all the details the cerebral palsy claim settlement, approved the agreement.