How much time do I have to bring my medical negligence claim?

The Statute of Limitations imposes strict time limits within which an injured person must commence their claim. If you don’t commence proceedings within these very rigid time limits your claim will be absolutely extinguished, no matter how seriously you have been injured. For this reason, the need to take steps immediately if you suspect that [...]

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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implants – Your Questions Answered

DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle are both prosthetic systems were designed and manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics (which is a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson) with younger, more active hip replacement candidates in mind because they were perceived as being more resilient and having greater longevity. The Pinnacle was the predecessor to the [...]

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Medical Negligence involving General Practitioners (GPs)

Cases of medical negligence involving general practitioners in Ireland have been steadily increasing over the years. Based on the findings of a systematic review of international malpractice claims in primary care carried out at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2013, missed diagnosis was found to be the most common source of malpractice [...]

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Injuries Board or PIAB; Which Is It?

Personal Injury Claims * Must be Made to PIAB If you have suffered an accident in Ireland in which you suffered personal injuries *, whether a road traffic accident, an accident at work or an accident in a public place *, your personal injury claim must in the first instance be submitted to the Personal [...]

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Personal Injury Claims Fraud – The Other Side of the Story

One of the many self-serving arguments trotted out by insurance companies to attempt to justify their recent astronomical round of hikes in motor insurance premiums is that we have a serious problem in this country with fraudulent personal injury claims and that the tab for this criminal behaviour has to be picked up by innocent [...]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Road Traffic Accidents

This is a no-brainer. It should be a matter of absolute priority that you establish that you, any passengers in your vehicle, and any other individuals involved in the accident are not seriously injured. If anyone is significantly injured an ambulance should be called straight away. Don’t agonise over whether an injury is sufficiently serious [...]

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Personal Injury Claimants Not All Treated Equally by the Injuries Board

The case of Kevin Barry McClintock is a tragic one that highlights an instance of double standards on the part of the Injuries Board, the government body responsible for assessing personal injury claims in Ireland. Mr McClintock was one of two people killed in road traffic accident in Donegal in 2015. A year after his [...]

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Women Using the Combined Contraceptive Need to be Aware of the Risk of DVT

It is well established that the female hormone oestrogen can cause clotting of the blood. For this reason, women using the so-called ‘third generation’ combined contraceptive pill, such as Femodene or Yasmin, which contains this hormone, are at increased risk of suffering a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), albeit that this risk is extremely low for [...]

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Your Rights If Injured On Air Travel

The system that regulates claiming compensation for any injuries sustained while engaged in international air travel differs significantly from that which applies were you to have been injured in an accident which occurred in this country. Here we address some of the most common questions which we find ourselves being asked by people who have [...]

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Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) – The Facts

Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) is caused when a vaccine is injected too high up on the arm resulting in an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder. SIRVA can occur in patients who have received a seasonal flu shot in particular, because the vaccine is given in the deltoid muscle of [...]

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Beware of Early Offers of Settlement from Insurance Companies

N.B. – Our clients’ confidentiality is of cardinal importance to us. This article has been drafted so as to preserve our client’s anonymity and has been expressly approved by her prior to its publication arising out of her desire to warn others of the unfairness she witnessed in the claims process. A case that I [...]

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Irish Examiner Interview with Flor McCarthy

Flor was interviewed by Joe Dermody for the Business Section of the Irish Examiner, you can read the full article here.              

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