A patient, who fell from a hospital trolley as he slept because of a lack of beds, has settled his claim for compensation.
The accident occurred in September 2015 when Anthony Whelan, a sixty-four year-old caretaker from Tallaght, attended the nearby Adelaide and Meath Hospital with post-operative pain. The hospitals admitted Anthony overnight, and a second operation was scheduled for the following morning.
Anthony was taken to an overnight ward in a hospital trolley, though it quickly became apparent that there was no bed available to him. As such, he was brought to a corridor near a nursing station, with screens around him to allow him to sleep.
Yet, whilst he was sleeping, Anthony fell off of the trolley, landing on the bases of the screens that surrounded him. An x-ray showed that there was no apparent damage to his chest or back, but the staff still administered a dose of painkillers before moving Anthony to a private room.
The next morning, Anthony was operated upon as planned. Once he recovered, he sought the advice of a solicitor and proceeded to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. He alleged that, whilst he was staying at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, he did not receive an adequate level of care.
Despite acknowledging the accident, the hospital still disputed the amount of compensation Anthony was claiming. As such, the case was scheduled for an assessment of damages at the Circuit Civil Court. There, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was informed that the parties had settled upon a compensation settlement, as well as the payment of costs. The judge was also informed that District Court was now responsible for the case.