As specialist medical negligence solicitors we can help you to find out what has happened, who is responsible, and whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Call our free advice line without obligation or fill in the form below and we will call you back.
Why use a Specialist Medical Negligence Solicitor?
Medical negligence is a highly complex area of law. Very few solicitors have significant experience in this area, which means you need to be careful who you seek advice from. Most solicitors will be reluctant to undertake medical negligence claims because they require a combination of compassionate understanding for the victim and a rigorous, tenacious approach to getting to the truth. Our medical negligence team of solicitors will themselves almost always enlist the help of senior medical professionals to give expert independent medical advice and opinions on the circumstances of your claim.
Why is Proving Medical Negligence so Complex?
There can be several acceptable ways of carrying out a medical treatment, so for example if your doctor chose a course of action considered unusual, this does not automatically mean that there was medical negligence. Cases often hinge on whether the action taken by the medical professional is seen by medical experts as reasonable under the circumstances.
There are some cases concerning medical negligence in Ireland in which proving that negligence has occurred is straightforward; for example when a swab is left inside the body after surgery. However it is still advisable to seek advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor because an experienced solicitor will understand the impact that such an error has had on your physical and emotional health and will make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
What do I do next?
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of what you believe was medical negligence, then talk to us now, by calling our legal claims advice helpline, or filling in our call back form.
What can I expect?
When you call our legal claims advice helpline, you will be put through to a member of our legal claims advice team who has experience of dealing with medical negligence claims.
We will listen to you as you tell us about your incident, and then answer any questions you may have about your eligibility to claim compensation for medical negligence.
If our medical negligence solicitor feels that your case merits further investigation, a letter will be written to every medical practitioner and support staff involved in your treatment, in order to obtain notes relevant to the procedure you underwent – or did not undergo if your claim for medical negligence revolves around a “failure to treat”.
The notes will be reviewed by an independent medical expert, who will advise our medical negligence solicitor whether you have a claim for compensation which is worth your while to pursue. The independent medical expert may also want to meet with you to assess the injuries you sustained or the level of deterioration you suffered due to medical negligence*.
Once it is determined that you are eligible to recover compensation for an avoidable medical error, our medical negligence solicitor will explain the procedures involved in making a claim, how long it may take for your claim to be resolved and how much compensation for medical negligence you may be entitled to receive.
Medical Negligence Settlements
Medical negligence settlements take four primary factors into consideration:-
- The physical pain and suffering you have experience due to negligent medical treatment and the further pain you may have to endure due to needing a remedial procedure to correct the negligent treatment you received.
- The emotional trauma you have experienced as a result of receiving a poor standard of medical treatment need not have been triggered at the time of a medical error, but possibly developed due to depression or anxiety throughout your recovery.
- The inability to perform day-to-day tasks, enjoy leisure pursuits and participate in social events that would form a regular part of your life – and which you would have been able to continue doing had it not been for the negligent treatment you received.
- Any financial expenses or loss of income you have incurred – or may incur in the future – due to the poor professional performance of a medical practitioner who owed you a duty of care.
Not all of the above factors may apply in your specific case, but there may be other elements that do – which it is why it is so important that you speak with a medical negligence solicitor at the first possible moment.
Free Advice from a Medical Negligence Solicitor
As specialist medical negligence* solicitors we can help you to find out what has happened, who is responsible, and whether you have a valid claim for compensation or not. Call our legal advice claims helpline without obligation on or fill in the form and we will call you back.