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Medical Negligence is a specialist area of law practised by Louise Howard Solicitors. During medical care it sometimes happens that mistakes are made. Sometimes it can be because a medical professional failed to act or notice a medical need. Medical professionals cannot guarantee to cure problems suffered by patients, however patients are entitled to a certain minimum standard of care and should a patient suffer an injury, be it physical or psychological, as a consequence of a medical professional not meeting this minimum standard of care, then there may be a case in negligence.

Steps taken in a medical negligence claim:

  1. Obtain medical records under the freedom of information acts.
  2. Take a picture of any physical injury
  3. We will send records to a medical expert in the field to ascertain whether to requisite standard of care was satisfied.
  4. If we are satisfied from the report that there is a case in negligence proceedings are issued in the Courts.

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The causes of action in medical negligence matters vary greatly and so it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list, each case will rest on its individual facts. Examples of areas of claim include the following:
  • Laporoscopy or keyhole surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Cerebral Palsy Cases
  • Wrongful death
  • Misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Dental
  • Birth injuries
  • Cardiology
  • Ear Nose & Throat
  • Gynaecology
  • Joint replacement
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Coroners inquest
  • Delayed and missed diagnosis of cancer
  • Transvaginal Mesh

Note: It is important for anyone who feels that they may want questions answered regarding medical care received by them that they should speak to a solicitor immediately. In general terms the limitation period is two years from the occurrence of the alleged medical negligence. This limitation period in a medical negligence action may vary depending on the circumstances. For example, in the case of minors the limitation period begins on their 18th birthday. It may also be the case that the clock begins to run from the date that the victim became aware of the alleged medical negligence. It is important for any persons who are considering a medical negligence action to speak to us as soon as possible so that you can get proper advice on the matter.

For medical negligence claims the timeframe is 2 years less a day following the date of the incident or 2 years less a day following the date that a person made the connection that their illness or injuries were a result of medical negligence. The time frame in which you have to make a claim for compensation is called the statute of limitations.

While we are based in Galway city we offer a nationwide service. We also ensure that all business can be transacted by telephone, email, or post in order to reduce any inconvenience to you.


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