Month: October 2011

DePuy Compensation For “Poster Girl” For Faulty Hip System

A retired gymnast, who promoted the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System prior to the product´s worldwide recall last year, is making a personal injury compensation claim against the product´s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson following difficulties with her own DePuy hip replacement system.

Penny Brown (51) of Bath, Wiltshire, had a hip replacement procdure in 2004 to relieve her from the constant pain of osteoarthritis. At the time of the procedure, the DePuy ASR hip replacement system transformed her life to such a degree that she agreed to become the “face” of DePuy and promote their hip replacement systems throughout the UK.

Between 2004 and 2008, Penny was DePuy´s “patient brand” and her image was used throughout the world. Penny also gave interviews about the advantages of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and counselled patients about to have implant surgery. However, in 2009, Penny started to notice a groin pain which was diagnosed as being caused by the hip replacement system and, as the wear and tear increased, felt a clunking sensation whenever she walked anywhere.

In May this year, Penny was advised that she would need further surgery which would mean the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and a replacement system installed.  She underwent her additional operation last month, and has been bed-bound and unable to work ever since. “My life has been devastated” Penny told her local newspaper, “I not only feel let down personally but also feel guilty that I might have encouraged others to have the ASR implanted.”

Pedestrian Brain Injury Compensation Settlement for Victim

The family of a father of two, who suffered brain damage when hit by a speeding car, has agreed a 300,000 pounds pedestrian brain injury compensation settlement with the negligent driver´s insurers.

Zahid Hussain (30) of Blackburn, Lancashire, was crossing the street near his home in March 2007 when he was struck by a silver Volkswagen Golf and was left fighting for his life after sustaining four fractures to his skull and swelling on the brain.

Although Mr Hussain has partially recovered from his injuries, he still suffers cognitive and psychological problems and has been forced to move from the family home in Blackpool to his parent´s home in London.

In the High Court in London, Judge Alison Hampton QC was told that the two parties had agreed on the amount of compensation that should be paid and, approving the settlement commented that “I hope the money can be put to good use, and in the best interests of the claimant.”

Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Settlement of 1.4 Million Euros Approved in Court

A young woman, who was found to have cerebral palsy shortly after her birth, has had a cerebral palsy birth injury settlement of 1.4 million Euros approved in the High Court.

Deborah French (24) was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after her birth in August 1987 at Wexford General Hospital. Her parents brought a claim for birth injury compensation against consultant obstetrician Harry Murphy and the South Eastern Health Board, alleging that Dr Murphy had been negligent in the hours in the run-up to and during Deborah´s birth.

The case was settled without admission of liability by the defendants, a course of action supported by Mr Justice John Quirke as he approved the cerebral palsy birth injury settlement, stating that the conflicting opinions offered by medical experts may have put the family at risk of getting nothing in a trial.

The judge recommended that the funds be transferred to Deborah´s parents – Ann and John French – in annual increments of 100,000 Euros.

Avoidable Toe Injury Nets Postal Worker 16,000 Euros

A postal worker, who damaged the big toe on his right foot when a package of floorboards fell onto it, has won his claim for avoidable toe injury at the Circuit Court in Dublin.

Edward Pyne, aged 61, of Balbriggan, County Dublin, brought his claim against An Post after the accident in November 2006 left him needing several operations for an ingrown toenail which had resulted from the injury. He also argued that he had sustained from several infections which had developed in the injured toe.

Circuit Court president, Mr Justice Matthew Deery was shown how An Post should have supplied steel toe-capped boots as part of a postal worker´s uniform, but Edward had previously worn out the pair that had been most recently given to him three years previously. Consequently the shoes he was wearing on the day of the avoidable toe accident offered insufficient protection against such an accident happening.

An Post denied responsibility for Edward´s claim, but Mr Matthew Deery heard testimony that many of Edward´s colleagues at the Balbriggan Post Office also failed to wear the obligatory steel toe-capped footwear, and had An Post provided better supervision of their staff, the accident could have been avoided.

Upholding Edward’s avoidable toe injury compensation claim, Mr Justice Matthew Deery stated that he was satisfied that An Post had failed to provide adequate protective footwear for their staff, and awarded Edward 16,000 Euros in personal injury compensation.

Supermarket Car Park Injury Awarded for Schoolboy

A sixteen year old schoolboy, who sustained deep cuts in his thigh when climbing over a supermarket car park fence, has had a supermarket car park injury settlement of 36,800 Euros approved in the Circuit Civil Court.

Michael Hogan of Firhouse, County Dublin, was just eleven years of age when the accident occurred in 2006. Climbing over a supermarket car park fence at the Firhouse Shopping Centre, he caught his leg on a protruding and unsafe nail, which tore a deep V-shaped wound into the inside of his left thigh.

Michael´s injuries were so severe that he had to have a double layer of inner flesh stitched together while under a general anaesthetic and, although he has recovered now, will be left with a permanent scar as a reminder of his injury.

Liability for the supermarket car park injury was not contested by the owners of the Firhouse Shopping centre – Colverton Limited – and Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that the defendants had made a settlement offer of 36,800 Euros. The judge approved the supermarket car park injury compensation offer, ordering that it should be invested in court funds until Michael´s 18th birthday in March 2015.