Tuesday 27 September 2016

€70k hike in hep C award

Tim Healy

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

The hepatitis C virus infects and damages the liver.
The hepatitis C virus infects and damages the liver.

The High Court has increased by €70,000 a compensation award made to a woman who was infected with hepatitis C through the blood product anti-D.

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Mr Justice Bernard Barton increased an award made by the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal from €180,000 to €250,000 after the woman had developed "life-destroying" side-effects, including cirrhosis of her liver and a brain injury, after undergoing treatment two years ago.

The woman, who cannot be identified by order of the court, was given an anti-D injection in 1977 which came from a batch infected with hepatitis C. She had previously been given an interim award of £283,000 in 1998 by the Tribunal.

She returned to the Tribunal arising out of complications and earlier this year was awarded an additional €180,000.

The woman was dissatisfied with the award made to her by the Tribunal, which she appealed to the High Court, claiming it was insufficient and inadequate.

The Minister for Health ­opposed her appeal.

The court heard that a side-­effect of the woman's treatment resulted in psychological and physical effects, including slurred speech, and forgetfulness. The condition is irreversible and requires on-going medical ­treatment.

Irish Independent

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