Boy suffering from cerebral palsy smiling while in class with teacher

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.

Life-long support

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.”

Boy suffering from cerebral palsy smiling while in class with teacher Boy suffering from cerebral palsy smiling while in class with teacher

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Starting out as a physiotherapist, Ally embarked on her legal training knowing that she wanted to specialise in clinical negligence from the outset. Now a partner for Medical Accident Group, her experience and medical understanding have stood her and her clients in good stead, combined, as they are, with her determination to seek justice for clients whose lives have been devastated by clinical negligence.

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