Symphysiotomy redress payments agreed by the Irish government will begin to be made by women this month. Women who underwent a symphysiotomy, a procedure where the pelvis is surgically broken during childbirth to allow the baby to be born, will be eligible to receive symphysiotomy redress payments.
Between 1920 and 1984, around 1,500 women in the Republic of Ireland had the controversial procedure and the compensation scheme fund is set at £27 million. There will be three different levels of compensation available to women, depending on the severity of their injuries. Women could receive either £40,000, £80,000 or £120,000.
Whilst symphysiotomies are no longer carried out in modern hospitals (they have since been replaced by Caesarean section), they were still being performed in Drogheda as recently as 1984. If you had this type of surgical procedure carried out, it is worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to see if you are eligible to receive compensation.
Claiming for symphysiotomy injuries
Women who underwent a symphysiotomy in the past may have been left with permanent injuries such as incontinence, chronic pain and even difficulty walking. The new government redress scheme means that it should be easier for women to claim compensation for their injuries, without the need to attend court. You’ll still need the services of a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to ensure you get the right level of compensation for your injuries. There is usually a three year time limit in place when it comes to making a claim, but with the arrival of the new redress payments scheme, it is a good idea to move as quickly as possible to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
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Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown