Widow of golfer Liam Duggan settles claim against HSE
Catherine Duggan, the wife of a professional golfer who reportedly died from poor treatment at Kerry University Hospital in early 2017, settled her claim against the HSE for a substantial sum.
Liam Duggan of Tralee, County Kerry, was 37 when he died of sepsis.
Her children were one and three years old at the time of her death in 2017.
Ms. Duggan’s legal team at HOMS Assist, Robert A. Bourke and Rachael O’Shaughnessy, along with prominent lawyers, Eugene Gleeson SC and Abdulla Morgan Kamber BL successfully negotiated the case on July 1, 2021, adjudicated today ‘ hui in front of the Four Court.
On March 18, 2017, Liam, who was an advanced PGA golf professional, attended Kerry University Hospital complaining of abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea.
He was released on April 3, with the HSE admitting there had been a neglect of care due to the failure to perform a new abdominal CT scan to investigate Mr Duggan’s condition prior to his release from the hospital. hospital.
Nine days later, on April 12, 2017, Mr. Duggan was again admitted via the A&E of Kerry University Hospital with abdominal pain, vomiting with diarrhea, high temperature, high pulse and with what Ms Duggan’s lawyers say it is clear evidence of sepsis.
He was seriously ill and was transferred to Cork University Hospital two days later.
Mr. Duggan’s condition deteriorated further and he passed away on May 9, 2017.
Father-of-two, 37, and professional golfer, Liam Duggan of Tralee, reportedly died of substandard care at Kerry University Hospital in early 2017
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Ms Duggan’s lawyer, Rachael O’Shaughnessy, read a statement on behalf of the family today.
“Liam is remembered as a wonderful man, husband and father who was loved by everyone he met in life, schools, teachers, parents and students,” said she declared.
“Liam was an advanced PGA golf professional and posthumously received the President’s Award for Golf Development in 2017 for his tireless efforts and tremendous success in developing golf in schools and the community. promoting inclusion in Ireland, ”said Ms. O’Shaughnessy.
Mr Duggan’s heartbroken widow described the impact of his untimely death on their family: “The tragic loss of Jack and Amelia’s father at such a young age, especially when this loss should not have happened, left the two children broken.
“Children shouldn’t have to deal with a tragedy like this. Liam loved Jack and Amelia. He was such a loved family man. His life revolved around them both.”
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Ms Duggan criticized her husband’s mismanagement of care and the painful and prolonged battle for answers since his death. She thanked her Homs Assist legal team for supporting her.
“I hope that by raising awareness today that it might save someone else’s life. The whole system and the ordeal of having to face an investigation where the truth has not been said and, in my opinion, covered up from the start has been totally devastating for me and my children.
“We had to fight tooth and nail to do justice to Liam who should have been in his prime,” she said.
“We have fought hard over the past four years to get to today. The HSE mistakes have had a shattering effect on Liam’s family and friends who hopefully after today will be able to get some peace through this decision and bring them a closure. battle, I hope Liam rests in peace. “
An apology to Ms Duggan and her children on behalf of the HSE from Fearghal Grimes, Managing Director of Kerry University Hospital, said: “Kerry University Hospital wishes to recognize the deficits in care which resulted in the premature death from your husband and father, Liam.
“We recognize that this loss has had a profound and devastating effect on you and your family. I would like to extend my sincere apologies for the gaps in the care provided and for the distress you have suffered, Jack and Amelia.”