Posted: February 9th, 2018
A birth accident injury compensation award €65,000 has been approved in the High Court for a boy (8) who, it is claimed, suffered a facial injury during his delivery at on November 12, 2009 at the Coombe Hospital.
During an attempted forceps delivery, Dara Brennan sustained the injuries to his face. To this day scarring on his cheek and two indentations on the right side of his face that remain visible when he smiles.
Dara’s mother, Lorraine Brennan, of Brayton Park, Kilcock, Co Kildare, sued the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital on behalf of her son due to the negligence encountered during his delivery on November 12, 2009.
It was claimed that alleged improper use of forceps at the time of his delivery inflicted the scars the right side of Dara’s face. Legal representatives for the boy said that there was a failure to exercise the necessary care, competence, judgment and skill required during the delivery. It was also claimed that a more senior doctor in obstetrics was necessary during the birth. Legal representatives for the Coombe Hospital denied these accusations.
In approving the birth injury compensation settlement Mr Justice Kevin Cross said that it was as near to full compensation as possible. The High Court was also advised that Dara Brennan’s parents were happy with the settlement.