A man, who sustained injuries to his back after he fell from a trolley whilst sleeping in hospital, has settled his claim for medical negligence compensation.
The patient in question, Anthony Whelan, attended the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in September 2015 complaining of debilitating post-operative pain. The doctors admitted Anthony – a sixty-four year-old caretaker from nearby Tallaght – overnight and scheduled an emergency operation for the next morning.
Though Anthony was initially taken to an overnight ward, there was no available bed. As such, he was moved out not a corridor and placed near a nursing station, with screens around him to that he could rest.
However, as he was sleeping, Anthony fell from the trolley. He hit his back against the supports of the screens before landing on the ground, causing him a lot of pain. X-rays didn’t indicate that there was any damage to his chest, lungs or spine, though he was still administered painkillers and moved to a private room.
The second operation was carried out as planned the next morning. After his recovery, Anthony sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim for medical negligence compensation against the Tallaght hospital. In the claim, he alleged that his stay at the hospital was not adequately managed and that he suffered a substandard level of care.
The Adelaide and Meath Hospital acknowledged that Anthony’s accident had happened, though disputed the extent to which he said he was injured. As a result, the claim proceeded to the Circuit Civil Court for an assessment of damages.
There, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke oversaw proceedings. He was informed that the two parties had come to an agreement concerning the settlement of compensation and the payments of costs. The case is now within the jurisdiction of the District Court.