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Compensation for Emergency Room Medical Negligence due to Septic Shock Approved

Posted on: February 19th, 2012 by Medical Negligence

The widow of a man, who passed due to avoidable circumstances after being admitted to hospital with abdominal pains, has had a settlement of compensation for emergency room medical negligence death due to septic shock approved by a court in Ireland.

Barry Murphy was just 38 years of age when admitted to hospital in April 2008 complaining of pains in his abdomen. Barry was diagnosed with a perforated bowel, and even though the hospital was aware that Barry suffered from Crohn´s Disease, it was not until much later that day that surgery was ordered.

Due to the delay in medical treatment, Barry suffered a septic shock – a condition where clots form in narrow arteries and prevent the flow of blood resulting in low blood pressure and organ failure, and one which doctors knowledgeable of his Crohn´s Disease should have taken into account. Barry was pronounced dead at 11.15pm on the same day as he was admitted to hospital.

Barry’s wife, Mary, alleged that the hospital was negligent in caring for her husband, failed to operate on him within an acceptable time frame and was responsible for his death. After seeking the guidance of medical negligence solicitors, Mary claimed compensation for wrongful death due to septic shock – a claim which the hospital denied for three years, during which time Mary suffered a psychological injury and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

However, after constant pressure and an internal examination, the hospital admitted that “the level of care provided fell short of an acceptable standard” and negotiated a settlement of 500,000 Euros compensation for wrongful death due to septic shock with the family.

At the High Court, where the settlement was approved by Mr Justice John Quirk, the hospital also said that they “apologise unreservedly to Mrs Murphy, their two daughters and the late Mr Murphy’s extended family”.