Friday 17 August 2018

Woman gets €110,000 for 'delayed' diagnosis of hip fracture

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Tim Healy

A woman who claimed there was a delay of 10 days in diagnosing a hip fracture after she had a fall in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, has settled her High Court action for €110,000.

Kathleen Duff's senior counsel told the court the 58-year-old woman needed more complex surgery on her hip as a result.

Ms Duff, he said, had a series of documented falls while in the Dublin hospital and fractured both hips and needed two separate hip-replacement surgeries.

Ms Duff, originally from north Dublin but now resident in a nursing home, had, through her sister Julieanne Kershaw, sued the Mater Hospital, Dublin, in relation to her care in 2012 as she awaited transfer to a nursing home.

She was admitted to the Mater on May 11, 2012, with epilepsy and strokes.

It was claimed Ms Duff suffered a series of falls and fractures while in the Mater.


Nursing entries recorded she fell out of her bed and was found on the floor on one occasion and also fell out of her chair on another occasion.

It was claimed there was an alleged delay in diagnosing the fracture of the right hip and, in the meantime, Ms Duff was directed to engage in physiotherapy.

It was claimed she was directed to be walked as much as possible.

The claims were denied.

John Healy SC, instructed by solicitor Grace Murphy, said Ms Duff now resided in a nursing home and had made a good recovery from her hip replacement operations.

Irish Independent

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