The widow of a husband who died after a botched medical treatment is suing the Australian government for £650,000 over a loss of sex. Dad-of-four Jamie Finnegan was left brain-damaged and passed away in 2018 after a procedure at Brisbane Hospital went wrong six years ago.
His widow, Cara, is suing Queensland Health for AU$1.2million because she has suffered a loss of sex with her childhood sweetheart.
But Jamie’s mum Daphne thinks that Cara could get even more compensation.
“If we’re talking about conjugal rights he’d be worth about $3 million, he’s an Italian stallion, mate,” Daphne told A Current Affair. “She’s got to raise those four children by herself, she didn’t get any money to raise those children,” she said.
“Do you think Jamie wants his children living in poverty?”
The family has already received £5.5million (AU$10 million) following Jamie’s death. But now his widow Cara and a number of other family members are launching new claims in court.
“I want everybody to claim, because Queensland Health never apologised and never cared, and they continued to hurt Jamie, continued to hurt him or make him suffer,” Daphne told A Current Affair.
Daphne said of the $10 million in damages, about $8 million is left and is held in trust for his children when they turn 25.
The mum said that Cara was offered £16,000 ($30,000) and claimed Queensland Health had said the children had received enough money.