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18-year-old settles case against HSE for €8.4m over cerebral palsy allegedly caused by injuries at birth

Court proceedings were initiated in 2017 and settled today.

Image supplied by Ormond family
Image supplied by Ormond family

AN 18-YEAR-OLD who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy has settled a case against the HSE for €8.4 million.

Ciara Ormond sued the HSE through her mother, who alleged that the cerebral palsy was a result of injuries sustained during birth.

The case was settled without an admission of liability. 

A statement following the settlement said: “The reason we are here today is for our beautiful daughter Ciara, who suffered serious injuries at birth, which resulted in her having cerebral palsy.

“We are relieved that Ciara’s case has settled today and she can finally get all of the specialist care and therapy that she needs and deserves.”

Court proceedings were filed on behalf of Ciara, who requires round-the-clock care, in May 2017 and settled today.

The statement continued: “Ciara has been awarded an amount of €8.4 million. This is not some kind of windfall and this settlement today is to secure Ciara’s future as she will be totally dependent for the rest of her adult life.

“No amount of money will give back what she has lost out on, and will continue to lose out on in the future.”

Both the HSE and State Claims Agency said they would not be making a comment on the case. 

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