The High Court has today approved a settlement of missed diagnosis compensation for an athlete who had been determined to take part in the Special Olympics.
In May 2009, Amy Rose McGowan was in training for the Special Olympics that were to take place in Athens in 2011. Unfortunately, while competing in a 50 metre race, Amy Rose – who is originally from Trim, County Meath – sustained injuries to her knee.
Amy Rose was subsequently diagnosed with a soft tissue injury in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. A few months later, however, Amy Rose returned to her GP complaining of a pain in her knee.
During this second visit, her GP discovered that Amy Rose had in fact sustained a depressed fracture to her knee – an injury that would require subsequent surgery. This injury prevented Amy Rose from competing in the forthcoming Special Olympics that year.
Given the misdiagnosis by doctors at in the emergency department of Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, Amy Rose made a claim for compensation against the Health Service Executive (HSE).
A settlement of misdiagnosis compensation amounting to €142,000 was later agreed between the two parties.