Belfast Trust admits liability for death 17 yrs later

By Gillian Crotty

The Belfast and Social Care Trust has this week admitted liability for the death of a nine-year-old girl in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1996.

Claire Roberts was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on 21st October 1996 suffering from vomiting and lethargy. Her parents thought she had a tummy bug, but two days after arriving at the hospital she died. Her death was not reported to the coroner, and it was ten years later that an inquest confirmed that the cause of her death was cerebral oedema (excess fluid on the brain) and hyponatraemia.

The deaths of Claire and four-year-old Adam Strain, who died in the same hospital in 1995, are currently the subject of a public inquiry. Claire's parents have also recently initiated legal action against the Belfast Trust. Her father Alan still feels that there are questions to be answered, and says they are "pushing for another inquest in to her death."

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical care, and want to speak to a claims solicitor in Northern Ireland about compensation, contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.