State asked to do the right thing for the family of a seriously ill woman

The family of a seriously ill woman that sued the HSE over the care she received in Sligo General Hospital and Mayo University have requested that the state allow her case of assessment damages and future needs cases of her children be heard together at the high Court.


Under the current law the strands are not allowed to run side by sides unless the state parties agree to such a move.


Amanda Murphy suffered a significant brain injury and has been on a ventilator and at times in a coma over the past year.


She had sued the HSE in relation to her care at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar and Sligo General Hospital in 2016.

She attended the hospitals after sustaining two falls in early January 2016.

The school principal was found unresponsive on January 19th 2016 with the symptoms of a prolonged seizure.


Her family claim that, had the initial injury been identified and repaired at the time of the admissions to the hospitals, she may on the balance of probabilities have made an uncomplicated recovery.


Liability has been admitted in the case.


The case came before Mr Justice Paul Coffey in the high court yesterday as Amanda Murphy’s family sought directions on whether her case for assessment of damages should go ahead as listed next week.


Justice Coffey adjourned Mrs Murphy’s case for next week in order to facilitate the bringing of an action later by the Murphy children.