Our team of medical negligence solicitors based in Dublin understand the serious and permanent consequences of personal injuries caused by negligent medical care.
Medical professionals must provide patients with a minimum standard of care. If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of negligent medical care, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical, psychological and/or financial losses. Our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors understand the impact of these injuries on people and their families. Our goal is to provide a legal service that is both professional and supportive to help our clients get the compensation that they are entitled to by law.
Types of Medical Negligence Cases
Below is an example of when medical negligence can occur:
- Birth Injuries
- Hospital Negligence
- Surgical mistakes
- Dental Negligence
- Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery errors
Time Limits for Medical Negligence Cases
A person has two years less one day from the date of the incident or from the date on which they were made aware of the fact that their injuries/symptoms were caused by negligent medical care.
Different rules apply for medical negligence claims involving children. A child can bring a medical negligence claim within two years from the date on which he/she turns 18 years of age. Alternatively, an adult can bring the personal injuries claim for the child after the incident has occurred.
The time limit will stop running once court proceedings have been issued.
The Medical Negligence Claims Process
- Speak to Us
If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical care or treatment, contact us and speak with one of our solicitors. We will advise you as to whether or not you can claim compensation for your injuries. Sometimes medical procedures can have inherent risks that result in an unfortunate outcome but this does not necessarily mean that negligence occurred. We will carry out the appropriate investigations before advising you as to whether or not you have a good case.
- Medical Records
We will obtain copies of your medical records from the treating doctors, hospitals, clinics, etc. Your medical records are a written record of the treatment afforded to you and will be important in determining whether or not negligence occurred. Upon receipt of the medical records, we will carry out a review and advise you whether you should obtain a report from an independent medical expert to determine whether there were any shortcomings in the standard of care provided to you.
- Medical Report
We will write to an independent medical expert and request a report setting out his/her opinion in relation to whether the medical care provided to you fell below the minimum standard of care which should have been provided to you. These independent medical experts are usually based in the UK.
Once we have obtained your medical records and a report from an independent medical expert, the next step involved will be to issue court proceedings. We will have a meeting with you before any court proceedings issue to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case and any risks associated with court. We will guide you through this litigation process by providing practical and clear advice and supporting you at every stage.
If you would like to speak to us about personal injuries suffered as a result of medical care or medical treatment, contact us today. While we are based in Dublin, we do offer a nationwide service and do our best to ensure that as much work as possible is carried out by telephone, email and post, Zoom and Microsoft Team.
*In contentious cases, a solicitor may not charge fees or expenses as a portion or percentage of any award of settlement. Before acting or refraining from acting on anything in this guide, legal advice should be sought from a solicitor.