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Sunday 25 February 2018

Boy (13) who secured €1.8m settlement asks High Court to assess final lump sum

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A 13-YEAR- old boy who has already secured €1.8million interim payments in settlement of his legal action over the alleged negligence at birth has asked the High Court to assess a final lump sum payment in his case.

Jamie Patterson has cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, is not able to talk and can only communicate through facial expressions and body language.

His counsel Aongus O'Brolchain told Mr Justice Raymond Fullam the boy and his mother, Teresa Patterson, now want the case against the Coombe Hospital in Dublin to be finalised with a lump sum payment to cover his future care needs.

Counsel said Jamie after innumerable assessments by experts and his family are anxious to bring the litigation to an end with the payout of a final lump sum payment.

Jamie of Mountdown Park, Terenure, Dublin,through his mother, sued the Coombe for alleged negligence at the time of his birth in November 2002.

The interim settlements totalling €1.8million made two years ago were without admission of liability.

It was claimed the hospital failed to exercise any or any proper care or adequate care for the safety and well being of Teresa Patterson and her son.

The claims were denied by the hospital.

The case before Mr Justice Fullam continues.

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