Saturday 1 October 2016

Mother suffering headaches had bleed on brain

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

'Hairdresser Paula Dundon was just short of her 43rd birthday when she went to Naas General Hospital complaining of severe onset of headaches and vomiting in June 2006' Stock photo: PA
'Hairdresser Paula Dundon was just short of her 43rd birthday when she went to Naas General Hospital complaining of severe onset of headaches and vomiting in June 2006' Stock photo: PA

A mother-of-three who went to hospital with a severe headache, but later had bleeding on the brain and now requires constant care, has settled her action against the HSE for €2.7m.

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Hairdresser Paula Dundon was just short of her 43rd birthday when she went to Naas General Hospital complaining of severe onset of headaches and vomiting in June 2006.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the €2.7m settlement in the case brought by Mrs Dundon, from Curragh Downs, Brownstown, Co Kildare, against the HSE.

Mrs Dundon, who sued through her husband Michael Dundon, claimed there was an alleged failure to adequately clinically assess her in terms of the type of headache which she was experiencing. There was also an alleged failure to follow accepted medical guidelines and an alleged failure to make an appropriate diagnosis at an appropriate time from June 26 or June 27, 2006.

The claims were denied. However, the court was told, liability had been conceded in relation to the failure to diagnose only.

Irish Independent

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