Medical Negligence

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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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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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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What compensation am I entitled to?

If you’ve read much of the information on this site you’ll be in no doubt about one thing: every medical negligence case is as unique as it is complex. For this reason if anyone is willing to give you an opinion on what your claim is worth before some pretty lengthy and painstaking investigations have [...]

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There’s never a good reason for delaying

Even where there may be some basis to argue that, in the particular circumstances of your case, the strict two-year period from the date of the medical accident to the date of commencing proceedings should be extended, there is no merit whatsoever in sitting on your hands and adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach. This [...]

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The Nightmare That Is The HSE

The HSE was in the news yesterday when a report prepared for the organisation itself last year became public which showed how money is spent and wasted within the HSE. The HSE is a Frankenstein's monster of former regional health boards that were cobbled together in the vain hope of achieving those illusive goals of [...]

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What does legal disability mean for time limits in medical negligence?

Another relaxation of the harshness of the Statute of Limitations is that time will be deemed not to run against a patient during any period in which they are deemed to be under a legal ‘disability.’ One important example of such a legal disability is where someone is under the age of eighteen. The effect [...]

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What does the date of knowledge mean in medical negligence cases?

The ‘date of knowledge’ test which provides that the two-year period will not begin to run against you until the date upon which you become aware of all of the following pieces of information: You have been injured. The injury which you have suffered is significant. The injury was caused by the fault of someone [...]

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How will I know if I have a medical negligence case?

If you suspect that you have been the victim of medical negligence the first thing you need to do (after, of course, receiving all appropriate remedial medical treatment) is to make contact with a solicitor specialising in medical negligence claims who will go about commencing the investigations necessary to establish whether or not you’ve got [...]

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When is medical treatment negligent?

In order to be entitled to compensation a claimant must show that the medical practitioner has liability to them in negligence and that there is what is referred to as ‘causation’ between that negligent behaviour and the injuries actually suffered.  We therefore need to consider the concepts of liability and causation in turn. Liability To [...]

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