By Caroline Browne, Partner
The family of a woman from Wexford who died in St Vincent’s Hospital after she was allegedly prescribed inappropriate doses of sedatives settled their High Court action for damages for €110,000 this month.
Margaret Duggan who had multiple sclerosis, was admitted to hospital on the 11th December 2009 with abdominal pain. The judge said the hospital had accepted responsibility in the case, where it was alleged inappropriate doses of sedatives had been administered to Mrs Duggan.
The judge approving the €110,000 settlement, said to Mr Duggan: “It must have been very traumatic to arrive in the hospital after her death. I hope as the years go by the loss lessens.” During her stay, Mrs Duggan became upset and agitated and it was claimed she was prescribed repeatedly with inappropriate doses of sedatives. As a result, it was alleged she developed aspiration pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest.
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