Youngster suffers from brain damage and cerebral palsy
Sam was born with a number of serious problems and needed heart surgery at the age of two. Although the surgery itself was successful, his temperature was allowed to rise to a dangerous level after the operation, causing brain damage and cerebral palsy.
His family came to Ally Taft of Medical Accident Group to find answers and to seek help – Sam was left with serious disabilities and they are his carers.
He continues to have difficulty walking, but can manage short distances with supports, and uses a wheelchair for longer distances. His spine has been affected and he has had to have further surgery – he needs help with all aspects of daily life.
His case was complex, but Ally persisted over a period of eight years, dealing with two legal and taxation systems, since the family live in Southern Ireland. Sam, now a teenager, is in full-time education and is academically very successful.
The hospital admitted liability, and Ally was able to obtain a settlement which combined both a €4.5m lump sum and an annual payment for care for life, which will amount to €9.5m in total and will cover his needs for the rest of his life.
Looking to the future with confidence
Ally said: “This has been a long and complex process – annual or periodical payments were not possible in Ireland until late last year, and they were a crucial part of the care and support which he will need throughout his life.
“His parents have given him incredible care – his mother has devoted her life to him, giving up her job to care for him – and he is an amazing young man. I was very glad to be able to help to ensure that his future is as secure as possible.”