Dad loses claim over post-crash vasectomy
A FATHER of two who claimed he had to have a vasectomy when his wife could not have any more children due to a traffic accident has lost a High Court claim against two motorists who allegedly collided with her car, writes Tim Healy.
Patrick Ward (48), of Redford Court, Greystones, Co Wicklow, claimed the operation left him with post-operative pain and mental distress -- which he would never have had to endure were it not for the negligence of the drivers of the two cars that allegedly hit the vehicle driven by his wife, Grainne.
In 2007, Mrs Ward got a €325,000 High Court settlement against Niall Sheridan, of Cherrytree Drive, Boghall Road, Bray, Co Wicklow; and against Christine Quinn, of Ceder Wood, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, who were the drivers of the other cars in the collision on February 6, 1996.
Mr Ward, who was not involved in the accident, had claimed for the pain and mental distress he said he suffered after a vasectomy in March 1998-- which he had because his wife's doctors advised further pregnancies would be a danger to her physical and mental health as a result of the accident.
Mr Justice Vivian Lavan rejected Mr Ward's claim yesterday. He also dismissed a claim for damages arising out of the loss of a baby when Mrs Ward became pregnant in the aftermath of the accident and, in the light of doctors' warnings, travelled to England for a termination.