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Wife urges high court to raise €4.2m payout

THE family of a man severely brain-damaged as a result of a viral infection want the High Court to overturn a €4.2m settlement and replace it with an earlier alleged €4.5m deal.

Anna Marie O'Brien, of Laurel Park, Galway, described her husband Martin (45) as the "most vulnerable in society".

She said she had only 24 hours to decide whether to take the €4.2m settlement offer made in July last year and felt intimidated into doing so.

The case is about the difference between a €4.5m conditional offer approved by the High Court in May 2011, pending clarification of issues concerning the HSE's €1.2m cost of treating Mr O'Brien, and the later €4.2m settlement.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said a hearing date would have to be fixed and evidence would have to be heard.