State to appeal €2.1m compensation awarded to terminally-ill Limerick woman

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

State to appeal €2.1m compensation awarded to terminally-ill Limerick woman

Ruth Morrissey and husband Paul, Monaleen, were awarded €2.1m by the High Court last month

THE STATE Claims Agency is to appeal the €2.1m compensation awarded to terminally-ill Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey, following last month's High Court judgement. 

Ruth Morrissey, 37, and her husband Paul, from Monaleen, sued the HSE and two laboratories—Quest Diagnostics and MedLab Pathology Limited. 

The High Court awarded Ms Morrissey €2.1m over the misreading of a smear test and the failure to inform of her of it. 

Confirming the appeal on RTE's The Week in Politics, Minister for Health Simon Harris said he wanted to ensure that the appeal was not about Ms Morrissey's "individual case" but wider legal issues. 

The State Claims Agency will go to the Supreme Court to appeal the May 3 judgement, acting on behalf of the HSE. 

This case, which ran for 37 days, is the first case of its kind to be heard in full with a High Court judgement. 

The HSE admitted it owed a duty of care to Mrs Morrissey. The laboratories denied all the claims.