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Healthcare Negligence Compensation Cases

In Ireland, healthcare practitioners must be registered and licensed with the appropriate regulatory body, and they must adhere to various patient safety laws and frameworks. Despite this, some healthcare providers fail to meet acceptable standards of care for their patients leading to injury or on-going health issues. Our team provides expert legal counsel to patients across Ireland who have suffered due to sub-standard care.

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Types of Healthcare Negligence

Various types of injuries can be sustained in healthcare settings such as GP clinics and dental surgeries. We have provided some general information regarding claims relating to these different settings and injuries. Follow the links below for further information.

Blood Transfusion Errors

Assisting patients who have suffered due to an error during a blood transfusion operation.

Cancer Misdiagnosis

Assisting patients who were wrongly diagnosed with cancer, causing ongoing distress and health issues.

Care Home Negligence

Assisting care home residents, and their families, in seeking compensation.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Failure to diagnose this condition can have devastating, life-long consequences.

Dental Negligence

Assiting patients who have suffered distress and ongoing pain due to negligent dental care.

GP Negligence

Assisting patients who have suffered ongoing distress due to negligent care from a GP.

Medical Misdiagnosis

Assisting patients who have experienced ongoing distress & complications due to misdiagnosis.

Start Your Claim

Suffered as a result of negligent care from a healthcare professional? Start your claim now.

Helpful Information

At McCarthy + Co, we recognise the immense trust patients place in healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, there are instances where this trust is breached, resulting in healthcare negligence. This term encompasses any sub-standard care provided by healthcare professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), dentists, and care home workers, which leads to injury or worsens an existing condition.

How We Can Help

  • We’ll conduct a free initial case evaluation – We begin by thoroughly assessing your situation to determine if healthcare negligence occurred. Our experts will guide you through the complexities of medical law to clarify your rights and the viability of your claim.
  • We’ll help you with evidence gathering – Building a strong case requires robust evidence. If we can take your case on, our team will collaborate with medical professionals to gather and analyse medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions, ensuring all aspects of your case are meticulously documented.
  • We’ll provide first-rate legal representation – Advocating for your rights every step of the way. From negotiations to court proceedings, our experienced solicitors are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.
  • We’ll help you secure the compensation you are entitled to – We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll of healthcare negligence. Our goal is to secure fair compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and any other damages you’ve incurred.
  • We’ll provide empathetic support and guidance – Facing healthcare negligence is challenging. Beyond legal assistance, we offer compassionate support and guidance, ensuring you’re not alone in this journey.

Why Choose McCarthy + Co

  • Expertise in medical negligence – We are a long-established firm with over 30 years of experience in bringing healthcare negligence cases.
  • Personalised attention to each case – We understand each case is unique and provide personalised legal strategies.
  • A strong track record winning claims – We’ve successfully represented many clients in negligence cases.
  • A commitment to your recovery – Our goal is to secure the compensation you need so you can focus on healing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked about healthcare negligence.

  • What is the main law in Ireland that governs patient safety?

    The Health Act 2007 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Ireland, primarily known for establishing the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). HIQA plays a crucial role in ensuring patient safety and enhancing the quality of healthcare services. It achieves this through the development of standards for health and social care services, and by conducting regular inspections and monitoring of healthcare facilities. These activities ensure compliance with safety and quality standards and identify areas needing improvement. The Act mandates the registration of health and social care providers, ensuring they meet essential safety and quality standards before offering services. Additionally, HIQA can conduct investigations and reviews, particularly in response to safety or quality concerns. The Act strengthens accountability in healthcare, imposes penalties for non-compliance, and promotes transparency through public reporting. Overall, the aim of the Health Act 2007 is to improve patient safety and service quality by fostering a culture of continuous improvement and accountability.

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  • Which agency in Ireland oversees healthcare negligence claims?

    Ireland's State Claims Agency operates a Clinical Indemnity Scheme (CIS), providing indemnity cover for clinical negligence claims against healthcare professionals and healthcare enterprises. The CIS covers all public health service providers, including hospitals and health boards, ensuring that patients who suffer harm due to clinical negligence can receive compensation without directly suing the individual healthcare professional. This scheme shifts the financial risk of malpractice claims from individual healthcare practitioners to the state. It ensures that claims are managed efficiently and in a cost-effective manner, while also promoting learning and improvements in patient safety by analysing trends and incidents. The CIS is an important part of the framework for managing clinical risk and improving patient care within the Irish health service.

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  • What is the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015?

    The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is a law that provides a framework for supporting individuals who may have difficulty making decisions due to capacity issues. It recognises that capacity can vary and should be assessed specifically for each decision. The Act replaces the outdated wardship system with a modern statutory framework, respecting individuals' rights to autonomy and dignity.

    In the context of healthcare negligence, this Act is relevant because it sets clear standards for obtaining informed consent from patients. Healthcare providers must ensure that they adequately support patients in understanding and making decisions about their treatment, particularly when there's an impairment in decision-making capacity. Failure to obtain proper informed consent, considering the principles of this Act, could lead to claims of negligence. The Act underscores the importance of respecting patients' decision-making processes, which is a key aspect of ethical and legally compliant healthcare practice.

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  • Why consult a solicitor when bringing a healthcare negligence claim?

    Consulting a solicitor is crucial when bringing your claim due to the complexity of the legal and medical issues involved. Solicitors specialising in this field have the expertise to navigate the relevant healthcare laws, assess the validity of the claim, gather necessary evidence, and provide guidance on the legal process. An experienced solicitor can effectively negotiate settlements or represent you in court if necessary. The solicitor's knowledge ensures that the claim is handled professionally, increasing the likelihood of a favourable outcome, whilst helping you understand your rights and the likely outcome in terms of compensation.

Medical Negligence Team at McCarthy + Co

About McCarthy + Co

The most important thing you can do to give you the best chance of a successful claim is to work with a firm of solicitors who have expertise in the field. McCarthy + Co. are medical negligence claims specialists with more than 30 years of experience in providing legal advice, guidance and assistance to clients across Ireland.

We are a family-run business with offices in Dublin and Cork, but we have dealt with clients everywhere from Galway and Limerick to Waterford. We are honest, plain-speaking and thorough – we will work alongside you to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

Our Awards & Accreditations

We are a multi-award winning firm, accredited by the Law Society of Ireland.

Irish Law Awards 2022 - Winner of Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
Irish Law Awards 2022 - Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
Irish Law Awards 2021 - Litigation Law Firm of the Year (Munster)
Q9000 The Legal Quality Standard of Ireland
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Our Partners

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Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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