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Doctor Negligence Litigation leads to €125k settlement

The parents of a young woman who died after her doctor failed to recognise the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis have agreed to a 125,000 Euros settlement in their doctor negligence litigation claim.

Ray and Angela Hennessy of Douglas, County Cork, took the action against Dr Hassan Al Bayyari of Castlenock, Dublin, following the death of their daughter Julie in March 2007. It was alleged in the case against Dr Bayyari that Julie had twice visited him in earlier in the month to complain of pains in her leg which she believed were due to a skiing accident four weeks previously.

Despite Julie bringing up the possibility of deep vein thrombosis, Dr Bayyari failed to prescribe any medication for the Hennessy’s daughter or refer her to the hospital for further tests. Two days after Julie’s second visit to Dr Bayyari’s clinic she was dead in her home in Blanchardstown. A post-mortem into Julie’s death revealed that Julie had died from deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, exacerbated by the oral contraceptive prescribed for her by Dr Bayyari.

After taking legal advice, the Hennessy’s took a doctor negligence litigation claim against Dr Bayyari which was due to be heard in the High Court. However, shortly before the hearing was due to commence, Mr Justice John Quirke was told that the two parties had agreed to the out-of-court settlement and that the matter was now resolved.