Medical Misadventure Verdict in the Inquest into the Death of Baby Darragh Butler at the Coombe Hospital
We represented the parents of Baby Darragh Butler, Deceased at the inquest into his death. The Coroner ruled that he died as a result of medical misadventure. It was noted that the risk factors were the fact that there was a loss of contact on the CTG trace, the non-reassuring CTG trace, evidence of tachycardia and finally issues regarding the hospital’s protocols in relation to administration of syntoconin and the fact that this occurred without obtaining a reassuring CTG.
Our Expert stated that had they been taking notes of the uterine contractions and reading the baby’s heartbeat, they would have seen that the baby was in distress sooner. He stated that the administration of Syntoconin without taking note of the uterine contractions and recording the baby’s heartbeat by CTG or the electronic scalp test was proof of substandard care and contributed to the death of the baby.
The case was ultimately settled and the costs of the Inquest were recovered.
Stillbirth/Neonatal Death Story
Sepsis Claims Story
The Plaintiff was referred to a gynaecologist to have a Posterior Repair Fixation and Mesh Procedure. The purpose of that procedure was to deal with a vault prolapse, from which the Plaintiff was suffering. Following the procedure, the Plaintiff developed complications and became unwell. Anti-biotic therapy was commenced, and the Plaintiff was discharged home but she continued to suffer from significant symptoms. She was readmitted to hospital suffering from severe sepsis and septic shock.
Tear Claims Story
Substantial Settlement Achieved for Plaintiff who Suffered from Sepsis and Undiagnosed Third-Degree Tear Following Delivery. The Plaintiff in this matter attended a regional maternity hospital for antenatal care when she became pregnant with her second child. The Plaintiff delivered a healthy baby by way of an assisted delivery and an episiotomy.
Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Story
Ms Alison McCormack, the Plaintiff in this case, sought compensation for personal injuries caused as a result of the failure of St James’s Hospital to properly interpret and diagnose the fact that she was suffering from invasive ductal carcinoma when she underwent testing in September, 2010.
Fatal Claims Story
Marian Tracy was advised by her doctor to undergo a thyroidectomy. She attended at St. James’s Hospital where her anticoagulation medication was changed from Rivaroxaban to Heparin and she was deemed fit for surgery. On the 14th May 2015 she underwent a total thyroidectomy and the post-operative advice given was to monitor the patient for haematoma.
Medical Misadventure Verdict in the Inquest into the Death of Baby Darragh Butler at the Coombe Hospital. We represented the parents of Baby Darragh Butler, Deceased at the inquest into his death. The Coroner ruled that he died as a result of medical misadventure.