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Jury still out on link between birth trauma and autism

The €7.25 million out-of-court settlement in the ‘test case’ of a 13-year-old autistic boy meant no legal determination was made on the issue

30th June, 2019
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Last week, it was reported that the family of an autistic boy who sued over the circumstances of his birth at the National Maternity Hospital, had settled a High Court action for €7.25 million.

It was labelled a “test case”, and a “precedent”. It was an issue that hadn’t previously been determined by a court in Ireland, or further afield, according to the boy’s barrister. And it remains to be determined, because of the settlement...

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