There is no doubt that a negative outcome from a medical procedure can be an extremely upsetting experience for the people involved and it is therefore very important that your solicitor not only has the expertise and dedication which is required in this exceptionally complex area of the law, but also has the compassion and understanding necessary to fully appreciate the trauma that you have gone through.
It is a regrettable statistic that this is an area in which medical accidents reported by State hospitals and/or medical advisers, is on the rise but curiously, the number of medical negligence* actions commenced, according to the statistics compiled, is not increasing in line with these medical accidents.
For example, in 2008 whereas there were 83,000 medical accidents reported by State Hospitals to the relevant insurance bodies, in the same year there were only 500 medical negligence* actions commenced according to the statistics compiled.
This would suggest to us that for various reasons there are many people who may not realise they have a claim or may not have properly explored the possibility of whether they have a claim.
If you are concerned that you may have a possible claim for medical negligence* why not contact us for a first meeting and a no obligation, free consultation. We are exceptionally experienced in this area and we will happily guide you through the possible process of making a claim.
It is important to note that there are often several acceptable ways of carrying out a procedure, and just because one doctor in Ireland would not have done things in the same way as another does not automatically mean that there is a cause of action in medical negligence.*
It is extremely important therefore that from the outset you get the correct advice and it is also extremely important that you are aware that there are strict time limits involved in pursuing a claim for medical negligence*.
In what circumstances could I possibly have a claim for medical negligence*?
In general terms a claim for injury suffered may arise in one or more of the following situations;-
- The standard of care fell below the generally accepted standard.
- Proper attention was not paid to my symptoms by my treating doctor.
- Perhaps an alternative procedure should have been contemplated or carried out.*
- An incorrect diagnosis.
- That operation or procedure was not the correct one for my symptoms/condition.
- Was the birth of my child managed properly?
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement