24-year-old Connor Corroon, a cerebral sufferer, who took a legal action in relation to the circumstances of his birth at a Cork hospital settled for a final lump sum payment of €17.5m at the High Court yesterday.
The final payment was given High Court approval, one of the biggest ever recorded in the State, and represents the end to a 17-year legal action by the Corroon family. It means the total amount of payments made to Connor is €21.75m. Connor cannot walk without help and must use a wheelchair to get around. He can only communicate using the help of special eye gaze technology.
Mr Corroon commented: “Today represents the end of 17 long years. I feel free and today my life begins.” In relation to the final settlement he said: “I am happy with that. I am proud that for the first time ever I was able to speak in public and let people know what I wanted to convey rather than others guessing what I was thinking. The experience has been so liberating.”
In 2010 Conor’s legal action was adjourned on an interim as the legislation that allows yearly periodic payments involving the catastrophically injured. Due to this Connor’s mother pleaded with the court to allow one lump sum payment so the family could get on with their lives. She requested that the family be allowed to move away from the “fishbowl life” as her son endured assessments by different specialists before his regular court appearances.
During an earlier hearing the court was told that Mr Corroon, of Copstown, Mallow, Co Cork, suffered catastrophic injuries when he was being delivered at City General Hospital, Cork, in 1995 and will require care for the entirety of his life.
Mr Corroon’s legal counsel David Holland SC returned to the High Court last week for a final lump sum cerebral palsy compensation settlement. They told the Judge that specialist advice they received said that, due to indexation, the yearly periodic payment allowed for in the new legislation “will get more and more insufficient over time”. Mr Holland advised the Court that the family found the “burden of coming to court intolerable and horribly intrusive”.
Liability was accepted and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.