In Ireland, despite the general standard of healthcare being considered good, many medical errors are made which can lead to medical negligence claims.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence occurs when a health care professional has failed to act in accordance with a practice accepted in Ireland as proper by a responsible body of skilled medical practitioners.
Often there are several acceptable ways of carrying out a procedure, The fact that one doctor in Ireland would not have done things in the same way as another does not automatically mean that there was medical negligence.
The outcome of a case will often depend on whether the action taken by the professional is seen as reasonable in the circumstances. In Ireland, the law only provides for you to recover compensation if it can be shown ‘on the balance of probability’ that your treatment was carried out negligently and that this directly caused your injuries.
What should I do if I have suffered Medical Negligence in Ireland?
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of what you believe was medical negligence, you need to seek advice from an expert solicitor immediately.
It is essential that an experienced medical negligence legal team be consulted about your case, who will themselves almost always enlist the help of experienced medical personnel to give expert medical opinions on the circumstances of your medical negligence claim.
We have many years of experience working with medical negligence victims in Ireland and can offer you an unparalleled level of service and professionalism.
Talk to us now, by calling our free phone line or fill in our call back form on the left and we will call you back at a convenient time.
What can I expect?
When you call us you will be put through to a solicitor who is very experienced in dealing with medical negligence claims in Ireland.
We will listen to you as you tell us about your incident in complete confidence.
We can normally tell you quickly if your medical negligence claim is worth pursuing, the likelihood of your succeeding, and what will be involved in the claims process, including how long it usually takes.
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Our legal team can also tell you the general level of compensation for your claim, and if there are likely to be any costs involved.
The State Claims Agency says that the average medical negligence award in Ireland is currently €63,000, but depending on the severity of the case, settlements can be far higher, for example:
1. The Health Service Executive (HSE) apologised to the family of John McNeive in Mayo, and made a settlement of €102,000 after a two-year delay in the diagnosing of his cancer. The settlement was for the mental stress to the family.
2. Emma Dempsey suffered shoulder injuries during her birth, causing her to have limited function in her right arm and shoulder permanently. The case was taken against the National Maternity Hospital and against a consultant obstetrician, The High Court approved a settlement of €500,000, which was made without any acceptance of liability.