Saturday 21 July 2018

Mother-of-three who requires constant care after bleed on brain settles HSE action for €2.7m

Michael Dundon, husband of Paula Dundon Pic: Courts Collins
Michael Dundon, husband of Paula Dundon Pic: Courts Collins

A mother-of-three who went in to hospital with a severe headache but later had bleeding on the brain and now requires constant care has settled her action against the HSE for €2.7m.

Hairdresser Paula Dundon was just short of her 43rd birthday when she went to Naas General Hospital complaining of sudden and severe onset of headaches along with nausea and vomiting in June 2006.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross today approved the €2.7m settlement in the case brought by Mrs Dundon, from Curragh Downs, Brownstown, Co Kildare, against the HSE over her care at the hospital.

Mrs Dundon, who sued through her husband Michael Dundon, claimed there was an alleged failure to adequately clinically assess her in terms of the type of headache which she was experiencing, specifically the sudden onset an the severity and the duration of the headache.

There was, it was claimed, also an alleged failure to carry out a prompt diagnosis, or a diagnosis within a reasonable period of time, which would have allowed for urgent referral to Beaumont Hospital for the correct diagnosis of left sided intra cerebral vascular abnormalities.

There was also an alleged failure to follow accepted medical guidelines and an alleged failure to make an appropriate diagnosis at an appropriate time from June 26 or June 27, 2006.

The claims were denied.

However, the court was told, liability had been conceded in relation to the failure to diagnose only.

It was claimed that Mrs Dundon had gone to the hospital on June 26 or June 27 2006 and was complaining of the onset of severe headaches nausea and vomiting.

It was alleged it was purported to treat Mrs Dundon's complaints with the administration of painkillers and a contrast-enhanced CT brain scan.

A further unenhanced CT scan of Mrs Dundon's brain was carried out on June 29, 2006 and, it was claimed, it showed a large intra cerebral bleed in the left side of the brain.

She was transferred to Beaumont Hospital  where it is claimed further investigation show her had suffered an intra cerebral subarachnoid haemorrhage. The claims were denied.

Approving the settlement Mr Justice Cross said Mr Dundon and their children were to congratulated for the care they had given to her over the last ten years.

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