A 12-year-old boy has been awarded €340,000 compensation after the High Court his serious arm injury was due to negligence caused by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Clonmel during his birth on April 9th 2002.
Jack Fitzpatrick of Clonmel, County Tipperary has limited use of his right arm as a result of an Erb´s Palsy injury which is most often caused by the stretching and tearing of nerves.
Claiming on behalf of her son Catriona Fitzpatrick first sought legal advice before pursuing compensation. Mr Justice Sean Ryan heard that Jack Fitzpatrick would not be able to follow the family tradition and become a Garda and that he is also unable to play racquet sports.
A negotiated settlement was approved by the judge and he praised the boy’s parents for the physiotherapy they had done with their son.