Thursday 19 July 2018

Family settle €100k High Court action after mum died hours after visiting GP with chest pains

Christopher Anderson, of Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after a settlement offer of €100,000 damages was approved for the family of Rita Anderson, following a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts
Christopher Anderson, of Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after a settlement offer of €100,000 damages was approved for the family of Rita Anderson, following a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

The family of a woman who was diagnosed with a chest infection after going to her GP complaining of chest pains was found dead later that day, the High Court heard.

Rita Anderson (60) was found dead in her bed at her home in Finglas, Dublin, on September 7, 2011.

The Anderson family Tuesday settled a High Court action against GP Janina Lyons for €100,000.

Senior counsel Liam Reidy said Mrs Anderson the day before her death had chest pains and pain along her arm.

Counsel said her family rang for an ambulance but when it arrived the ambulance man told her she could face a 12-hour wait in hospital and it was best to go to her GP.

Mrs Anderson attended Ms Lyons' practice at Coolmine Woods, Dublin 15 and a chest infection was diagnosed, he said. Mrs Anderson was not referred to hospital.

He said Mrs Anderson was later found dead in bed from cardiac arrest.

Mrs Anderson's son Christopher had taken the action on behalf of the family of Mayeston Green, St Margaret's Road, Finglas, Dublin.

He sued Dr Lyons  who has a surgery at Coolmine Woods, Dublin 15 as a result of his mother's care.

It was claimed that Mrs Anderson had presented at the GP's practice on September 7 complaining of chest pain and was not referred for further assessment or treatment in a hospital setting.

It was further claimed Mrs Anderson's health was allegedly allowed to deteriorate and there was an alleged failure to heed the history of her condition and the severity of her symptoms.

It was also alleged that it was allegedly wrongly concluded that Mrs Anderson was not suffering from any serious condition.

The claims were denied. 

Senior Counsel Liam Reidy said it was a tragic case.

Mrs Anderson, he said was an active woman who was a much loved mother and grandmother.

The money, he said seemed so small for the life of such a vibrant person.

Approving the settlement Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very sad case and he sympathised with the family on their loss.

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