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Coombe Hospital Directed to Pay €35,000 Birth Death Compensation to Deceased Infant’s Family

The death of an infant just hours after his birth, due to medical negligence, had resulted in his parent winning a compensation claim for wrongful death against the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital at the High Court.

Assumpta Sweeney and Jason Butler have been awarded €35,000 in wrongful death compensation. Their son Rory Jason Sweeney Butler died on November 19 2015 just after he was delivered at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. The legal action that was submitted sought compensation due to the alleged medical negligence that led to their son’s wrongful death of their child and the nervous shock and trauma they both suffered with in the aftermath of this.

The Coombe Hospital is no stranger to paying out compensation fees related to medical negligence at the time of birth. There have been multiple instances of this in the last 15 years or so.

  • In 2013 it was ruled that dyskinetic cerebral palsy was sustained by an infant as a result of negligence at the time of birth in the hospital. A large compensation award was paid out to the boys family. As a result the hospital had to pay a dyskinetic cerebral palsy medical negligence compensation claim to the parent of the the then -10–year-old boy.
  • Birth negligence compensation of €15m was awarded to a Donegal family due to the injuries sustained by Eoin McCallig as he was being delivered. It was found that Eoin was deprived of oxygen during the birthing process.
  • Dara Brennan, who was born during November 2009, was awarded €65,000 hospital negligence compensation due to facial cut that occured when he was being born.

Richard Kean SC advised the Judge that the parent had suffered greatly following the “very tragic” death of their infant son Rory as a result of alleged hospital negligence. Liability was accepted by the defendant in the personal injury compensation claim.

The statutory compensation award was award by the presiding Judge Justice Eager. This compensation will be paid out to the family of the young boy who now live at Drimnagh in Dublin 12.


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