Friday 20 April 2018

Mum of three settles action against HSE for €2.7m over bleeding on brain

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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 €2.7million.

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

Mr Justice Kevin Cross yesterday approved a €2.7m settlement in the case of Paula Dundon from Curragh Downs, Brownstown, Co Kildare in her action against the HSE over her care at Naas General Hospital after she presented with an headache.

Mrs Dundon who sued through her husband Michael Dundon had 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 ro carry out a prompt diagnosis or a diagnosis within a reasonable period of time which would have allowed for urgent referral to Beaumont Hospital which would  have allowed for the correct diagnosis of left sided intra cerebral vascular abnormalities.

There was it was further claimed 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 but Michael Byrne SC told the court that liability had been conceded in the case 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 compalining of the onset of a severe headache,  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. Mrs Dundon was transferred to Beaumont Hospital  where it is claimed further investigation show she had suffered an intra cerberal 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 Mrs Dundon over the last ten years. He wished the family all the best.

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