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Royal Childrens Hospital meningococcal case settles before verdict

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The parents of a nine-year old girl who lost two feet, a hand and the tips of three fingers due to meningococcal disease today settled a legal case they were pursuing against the Royal Children’s Hospital on behalf of their daughter.

Slater and Gordon medical negligence lawyer Anne Shortall can confirm that the Supreme Court matter involving her client Venice Kowalczyk and the Royal Children’s Hospital will not proceed to verdict after the parties reached a confidential agreement last night.

Venice’s parents Nadia and Danny Kowalczyk were pursuing the hospital for damages after hospital staff allegedly failed to diagnose her with the  disease when she was nine-months old in 2004.

Supreme Court Justice David Beach approved the terms of the agreement at a hearing this morning.

“This has been a long and difficult journey for the family and has understandably caused a lot of anguish and heartache so we are pleased to now be in a position to announce that the parties have come to a mutually-acceptable agreement,” Ms Shortall said.

 “It really means that Venice will be able to receive the high level of care that she will require for decades to come.”

“The family can now put this legal action behind them and they hope that the tragic circumstances of their beloved daughter Venice’s injury have helped raise awareness around the early warning signs of meningococcal disease.”