€700,000 for mum with 'grinding' in legs caused by faulty hip implant
A mother of three has been awarded €704,000 by the High Court over injuries from an allegedly defective hip implant.
Gillian O'Sullivan (52), from Tramore, Co Waterford, sued hip implant manufacturer DePuy International, claiming damages for negligence, breach of duty and liability for a defective implant product. The claims were denied.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross said while Ms O'Sullivan's injuries were not catastrophic, they were severe and had caused major disruption to her life. The was the first award made in a case over DePuy hip implants.
Ms O'Sullivan had a left hip replacement in October 2005 with a right hip replacement in May 2006.
Mr Justice Cross said that before the first operation, Ms O'Sullivan was told by a consultant that afterwards she would have hips like rugby player Brian O'Driscoll.
Ms O'Sullivan said she gradually got worse. In 2007, she started to get a grinding sensation in both legs.
When she complained in late 2007, she was told the "God of Orthopaedics" had done the surgery.
Mr Justice Cross awarded her €704,000 while acknowledging that Ms O'Sullivan now has significant disabilities and requires crutches.