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Doctor's claim for hurt back is settled

A DOCTOR has settled a multimillion euro action for damages after she claimed her career was ended when she suffered back injuries attempting to lift a patient.

Anaesthetist Dr Louise Slevin (below) claimed at the High Court she has been in almost permanent excruciating pain after twisting her back while trying to lift a patient who had fallen out of a bed in the Intensive Care Unit of University College Hospital, Galway, on April 8, 2002.

Dr Slevin, of Bishop O'Donnell Road, Galway, sought damages from the Western Health Board (now the HSE) for severe personal injuries, along with €3.6m for loss of earnings and pension as well as medical treatment.

Yesterday, Frank Callanan SC for Dr Slevin told the court the action had been settled and could be struck out. No details were revealed in court.