PIP Update 19th January 2012

The PIP breast implant scandal has been gathering pace since media reports on the subject released during the Christmas period underlined the potential seriousness of the situation for the estimated 300,000 women worldwide who have received these implants. The anxiety of Irish women has been heightened due to a complete lack of relevant information being [...]

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Irish health authorities shouldn’t welsh on their duty to PIP victims

While it’s difficult to fathom how the health authorities on the mainland of Europe have managed to arrive at such a fundamentally different decision to their counterparts in Britain and Ireland as to what advice to provide to women affected by the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implant scandal, the most recent development in this sorry [...]

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DePUY ASR HIP REPLACEMENT RECALL – IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

On the 26th August 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. – a division of Johnson & Johnson – announced a worldwide recall of both its ASR XL acetabular total hip replacement system and its DePuy ASR hip resurfacing system. The recall was prompted by recently published data showing that the five-year revision rate was approximately 12% for [...]

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Irish PIP victims being let down by authorities

The stress and worry which Irish recipients of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast augmentation implants are being needlessly subjected to can only be imagined. Unlike the French women affected, Irish patients are not being offered surgery if they want to have their PIP implants removed, with the Irish authorities attempting to play down the seriousness [...]

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Revision surgery required for CUH hip surgery patients

The HSE has recalled 247 individuals who underwent hemiarthroplasties at Cork University Hospital in the period between 2005 and 2008. 10 patients have already undergone repair surgery and six more have been scheduled to be operated on in the new year.  Other patients are being kept under ongoing review to determine whether repair surgery will [...]

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Questions to ask before choosing a cosmetic surgery clinic or surgeon

Once cosmetic surgery was something of a taboo subject, with the general consensus being that its use was confined to narcissistic Hollywood movie stars with too much money and not enough sense.  In more recent times, however, attitudes have changed significantly in this country, as has the cost of many procedures. This combination of increased [...]

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Regulation of Irish Cosmetic Surgery Regulation is Urgently Required

The details which have emerged from the recent Medical Council fitness-to-practice committee hearing concerning Dr Marco Loiacono highlight the extreme (and completely avoidable) risks which people who undergo cosmetic surgery procedures in this country are exposed to. Despite the fact that there have been numerous high-profile cases of serious injury to patients due to the [...]

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No Win No Fee Explained

If you type the expression ‘no-win-no-fee’ or ‘no-foal-no-fee’ into any search engine you’ll come across literally dozens of websites that are offering to represent accident victims in bringing claims for compensation for their injuries. This is despite the fact that the Law Society – which is the body that regulates all solicitors practising in Ireland [...]

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Decision on Vicarious Liability Hits Employers Where it Hurts

Anyone who has seen Hans Moleman Productions’ beautifully crafted Man Getting Hit By Football will appreciate the primeval hilarity of a guy taking a smack to the groin.  That’s why the facts giving rise to a claim for damages in the case of Lynch v. Binnacle Limited appear, at first glance at least, quite comical.  [...]

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Developments in the DePUY ASR hip recall in Ireland

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND RELATED BLOG ENTRIES VISIT OUR DEDICATED DePUY HIP IMPLANT RECALL PAGE Many of our clients who have been affected by the worldwide DePuy ASR hip recall which was announced in August of last year have by now received the results of their blood tests to identify the levels of cobalt and [...]

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Do I Have a Claim for Medical Negligence?

It is a sad fact of life that, relatively frequently, bad things happen to people who undergo medical treatments. Some complications are very minor in nature and, while inconvenient and unpleasant for a period, they are eventually remedied, either by the body’s natural healing mechanisms or by further corrective medical treatment. On the other hand [...]

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“NO WIN NO FEE” NO WAY!

“No win, no fee” (sometimes described as "no foal, no fee”) is the way most accident claims or medical negligence claims in Ireland are taken. The solicitors and the barristers are only paid if the case is successful. The flip side of this is that they will only take the case if they think it [...]

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