€2.5m settlement for Buncrana woman

The High Court has approved a €2.5 million settlement to a 23-year-old Buncrana woman with cerebral palsy which is alleged to have arisen from a birth injury. Lauren Tinney sued the Health Service Executive (HSE) through her mother Eleanor over the handling of her birth at Letterkenny General Hospital in May 1988.

The High Court has approved a €2.5 million settlement to a 23-year-old Buncrana woman with cerebral palsy which is alleged to have arisen from a birth injury. Lauren Tinney sued the Health Service Executive (HSE) through her mother Eleanor over the handling of her birth at Letterkenny General Hospital in May 1988.

Miss Tinney has spastic quadroplegia, is wheelchair bound and the court heard she has bouts of depression because she is aware of her injuries. Her lawyers allege she developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during her birth at the hospital.

They say there was a critical delay of over 24 hours in carrying out an emergency caesarean section. There has been no admission of liability by the HSE.

While Miss Tinney will always require 24 hour care the court heard she has her own hobbies and interests and the award last Friday will open a gate to a new level of independence by allowing her to live away from her parents for the first time in her life.

This was a highly contested case and Lauren’s solicitor Roger Murray says she is pleased with the €2.5 million.