High Court reporters
A 14-year-old boy, whose vision problem was not picked up in health checks when he was young, has settled a High Court action against the HSE for €100,000.
Conor Nee's eyesight was checked by the HSE run Community Child Health Services when he was over 3-years-old and nearly 5-years-old, but no defect was detected or action taken, it was claimed.
His counsel, Eugene Gleeson SC, told the High Court that Conor was examined by an optician in March 2013 when he was over 5-years-old and a visual deficit was discovered.
The boy was then referred to an ophthalmologist who found he had long-sightedness which warranted immediate action.
Counsel told Mr Justice Paul Coffey it was their case that two opportunities were missed by the HSE to make a diagnosis in relation to Conor's eyesight.
The HSE admitted negligence and breach of duty in its delay in diagnosing and treating Conor's eye condition from June 20th, 2011, but denied all other claims.
Conor Nee, of Merval Drive, Clareview, Co Limerick, sued the HSE through his mother, Muireann Nee.
It was claimed that a few days after Conor was born in 2007, he was received by the Community Child Health Service for health checks, including his vision and hearing.
He was seen, it was claimed, on a number of occasions and his parents expressed serious concern about his vision.
They said they had observed a squint which caused them to have grave concern for his visual health.
On June 14th, 2011, and again six days later, it is claimed the boy's vision was checked and screened and no visual defect was detected nor action taken.
It is claimed there was an alleged failure to refer the child for specialist assessment. His vision was tested again in November 2012, but no visual defect was detected.
The boy was brought to an optician in March 2013 and a severe visual defect was discovered.
He was then seen urgently at the screening clinic and referred to an ophthalmologist
Conor was found to have reduced visual acuity with long-sightedness which warranted immediate action.
It was claimed there was an alleged failure to afford a reasonable standard of care to Conor and a delay had been caused in the diagnosis of his condition.
It was further claimed there was a failure to have any appropriate regard for the concerns of his parents about his vision and a failure to identify the visual deficit.
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said he was delighted to see Conor has made such progress in all aspects of his life, wishing him and his family the very best for the future.