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Accident & Emergency Negligence Claims

Accident & Emergency departments are high-pressure environments where medical staff work around the clock to provide urgent care to patients that have suffered life-threatening injuries or become critically ill. A&E staff work to high standards but sometimes the level of care may fall short. If you have suffered due to sub-standard care whilst being treated in an A&E department, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against the hospital that treated you. On this page, you will find general information to consider before making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.

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Helpful Information

Here at McCarthy + Co, we have decades of experience in helping people whose lives have been severely negatively impacted due to a poor standard of medical care. Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors can quickly ascertain whether you might have a case then guide you towards winning the compensation that you deserve.

Bringing an accident and emergency compensation claim

Mistakes made by Accident & Emergency staff usually occur during diagnosis or treatment. If you have suffered due to one of the following issues, our team might be able to take on your case and help you to bring your compensation claim.


  • The hospital failed to admit you for treatment – you were sent home then became gravely ill later that day.
  • A mistake was made in taking your medical history – important information was overlooked causing you to suffer more in the treatment process.
  • Medical staff failed to examine you properly – and did not take any notes detailing your symptoms.
  • Medical staff failed to carry out the correct investigations – such as taking blood tests, scans, and X-rays.
  • Receiving incorrect medical treatment – which worsened your condition.
  • Failing to operate on you when required – causing on-going issues with your health.
  • Making an error during surgery – causing a significant injury to you.
  • Failing to document a deterioration in your condition – causing continued health issues further down the line.
  • Providing an inadequate level of care – neglecting you on your visit or not providing the necessary standard of care following surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions our team are often asked.

  • What sort of incidents in A&E can form the basis of a medical negligence claim?

    Incidents include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leading to worsened conditions, incorrect treatment or surgical errors, failure to perform necessary tests, not recognising symptoms of serious conditions, inappropriate discharge from the hospital, and medication errors. These incidents can result in significant harm or deterioration of a patient's health condition, providing grounds for a claim if it can be proven that the standard of care was not met and directly caused the adverse outcome.

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  • What evidence is required to bring an A&E claim?

    Evidence required for your claim to be successful includes medical records detailing the treatment received and the alleged negligence, expert medical opinions supporting the claim of substandard care, documentation of injuries or worsening conditions attributed to the negligence, and records of expenses and losses incurred due to the incident. Witness statements and any relevant correspondence with healthcare providers can also support the case. This evidence collectively must demonstrate that the care provided fell below accepted medical standards and directly caused the harm or injury claimed.

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  • How do I make a start on bringing my claim?

    If you believe you have suffered due to Accident and Emergency negligence, it is important to document all the details about your experience as soon as possible. You should then seek the advice of specialist medical negligence solicitors, who will investigate your claim and help you to determine your case and its likely outcome in terms of compensation.

Start your accident and emergency negligence claim

If you have received a poor standard of care whilst seeking treatment at an Accident & Emergency department, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of healthcare settings, including Accident & Emergency departments. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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

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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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