Doctor who sued HSE for millions settles case
Published 08/12/2010 | 05:00
A DOCTOR has settled a multi-million euro action for damages after she claimed her career was ended when she suffered back injuries attempting to lift a patient.
Anaesthetist Dr Louise Slevin (34) claimed before the High Court she has been in almost permanent excruciating pain as a result of twisting her back while attempting to lift a seriously ill patient at the University College Hospital, Galway, on April 8, 2002.
Dr Slevin was forced to abandon plans to become a consultant due to her injuries, the court was told.
Dr Slevin, of Cuan Glas, Bishop O'Donnell Road, Galway, sought damages from the Western Health Board (now the HSE) for severe personal injuries, along with €3.6m in special damages for loss of earnings and pension into the future as well as medical treatment.
The defendant denied the claims and also pleaded contributory negligence. It further claimed her alleged injuries related to her pre-accident back problems and physical ailments.
Yesterday, Dr Slevin's counsel Frank Callanan told the court that the action had been settled and could be struck out. No details of the settlement were revealed in court.