High Court hears settlement reached in Savita Halappanavar case

An out of court settlement has been made in the medical negligence case against the HSE

The High Court has heard that Praveen Halappanavar’s medical negligence case against the HSE over the death of his wife Savita has been settled.

Mr. Justice Kevin Cross also approved a payment of €35,000 to be divided between him, her parents and two brothers.

As expected, the High Court was advised that an out-of-court settlement has been reached between Praveen and the HSE.

The amount wasn’t disclosed but the court was also asked to approve a separate €35,000 payment to be divided between him, Savita’s parents and two older brothers.

Savita Halappanavar died in University Hospital Galway a week after she was admitted and told she was going to have a miscarriage in October 2012.

During her inquest, a consultant denied telling Savita she couldn’t terminate the pregnancy because Ireland was a catholic country and insisted she said it was because she didn’t see a threat to her life.

A HIQA report and a separate HSE review both criticised the handling of her case, but there was never a public admission of liability.

Praveen has since moved to the US and wasn’t in court today.