Wednesday 23 October 2019

Widow sued HSE 'to provide for her family'

Barry Duggan

A WIDOW yesterday told how she was trying to provide for her family when she sued the HSE for almost €1.6m after she lost out on the inheritance of her husband's family farm following his death in hospital.

Grace Davoren, from Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, successfully claimed in the High Court that because of her husband's death at University College Hospital Galway, she and her children missed out on the inheritance of Michael Davoren family's 623-acre farm in the Burren.

He died as a result of negligence in his treatment for colitis at the hospital in 2003.

The defendants, HSE (Western Area) consultant gastroenterologist John Lee and consultant surgeon Oliver McAnena, did not contest liability in relation to Mr Davoren's treatment.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Mrs Davoren -- a mother of four -- said she hoped no other family encountered the pain she and her children went through since her husband's death.

"The point of taking this case was to obtain justice for my husband Michael and recognition of his life's work and also to provide for his four children as he would have wished," she said.

Mrs Davoren claimed if her husband had not died before his mother, the farm would have been left to him and his family.

In a judgment on Wednesday, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill awarded Mrs Davoren and her family €1,591,957.70 in damages.

Mrs Davoren and her husband also ran a 269-acre farm, Ballycahill, adjoining the Ballyalben farm. The award brings an end to lengthy legal proceedings.

Irish Independent

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