A cerebral sufferer, 24-year-old Connor Corroon, has settled for a final lump sum payment of €17.5m in the legal action his took in relation to the circumstances of his birth at a Cork hospital at the High Court yesterday.
High Court approval was given to the final payment – one of the biggest ever recorded in the State. This payment marks the end to a 17-year legal action by the Corroon family. It means the total amount of payments awarded to Connor is €21.75m. Connor is unable to walk without assistant and must use a wheelchair to move around from place to place. He can only communicate with others using the help of special eye gaze technology.
Mr Corroon remarked: “Today represents the end of 17 long years. I feel free and today my life begins.” In relation to the final settlement he said: “I am happy with that. I am proud that for the first time ever I was able to speak in public and let people know what I wanted to convey rather than others guessing what I was thinking. The experience has been so liberating.”
Connor’s mother urged the court to allow one lump sum payment so the family could move on in their lives. She asked that the family be allowed to move away from the “fishbowl life” as her son had to undergo assessments by different specialists before his regular court appearances.
In an earlier court hearing it was outlayed how McCorroon suffered catastrophic injuries when he was being giving birth to at City General Hospital, Cork, in 1995 and will need care for the entirety of his life.
Mr Corroon’s legal counsel David Holland SC went back to the High Court last week for a final lump sum cerebral palsy compensation settlement. They informed the Judge that expert advice they received said that, due to indexation, the yearly periodic payment made allowance for in the new legislation “will get more and more insufficient over time”. Mr Holland advised the Court that the family found the “burden of coming to court intolerable and horribly intrusive”.