Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Legal: Irish autism news story

Parents of autistic boy awarded €61,000

Irish Autism Action has welcomed today's award by the High Court of almost €61,000 to the parents of a six-year-old boy with autism because of delays by the Health Service Executive in treating him.

Mr Justice Michael Peart ruled there had been a breach in the HSE's duty of care towards Seán Ó Cuanacháin due to delays in providing him with therapy and intervention.

However, Justice Peart said that Seán had since made very good progress and awarded damages in line with that finding.

Justice Peart also delivered a 270-page judgment in which he outlined his reasons for refusing to compel the State to provide a certain type of education for Seán.

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