Our MD Sheila Cooney sat on the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal from the beginning for 10 years. Sheila was chosen because of her extensive experience as a personal injury litigator. Most of the other Tribunal members were barristers and/or judges. She was the first and at the time, the only solicitor to sit on the Compensation Tribunal.
For over a decade, Sheila sat on the Tribunal, often as acting Chair and witnessed the level of pain and anguish it caused families – the people directly affected aswell as their families.
At the time, the Supreme Court mandated that the Tribunal gave compensation in line with the High Court. So Sheila would spend hours pouring over personal injury cases that were being heard in the High Court. Her knowledge on medical negligence is extensive.
To date, the Hep C Tribunal has given out €1billion to date.
The Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal was set up by the Irish Government in 1995 to compensate, persons infected with Hepatitis C as a result of the use of Human Immunoglobulin Anti-D or as a result of the receipt of a blood transfusion or blood product within the Republic of Ireland.
Click here for more information on the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal.
A similar committee could be set up for women affected by the Cervical Tests.
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