Despite the high number of clinical negligence compensation claims, most medical treatment in Ireland is of a high technical standard. The vast majority of medical staff are skilled and dedicated professionals. Nevertheless errors do occur, and if they cause harm, those responsible must be held to account for their actions, and clinical negligence compensation must be provided to those who have suffered as a result of the error.
What is Clinical Negligence?
All medical treatment carries some risk and patients are warned about this. Clinical negligence compensation is therefore not appropriate for all disappointing outcomes. It is awarded only if it can be proved that the treatment was negligent – meaning the standard of care fell below what is generally accepted to be reasonable for that area of medicine.
Clinical negligence can apply to treatment by all healthcare professionals involved in medicine, dentistry and even most alternative health treatments such as osteopathy. A claim can be brought against any medical doctor, consultant, optician, dentist, psychiatrist, psychologist, midwife, physiotherapist etc. The clinical negligence case is normally taken against the organisation employing the healthcare professional as well as the individual or team involved.
How and when should you begin legal action?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of clinical negligence, incompetence, or carelessness, you should talk to a specialist solicitor immediately. Unfortunately our healthcare system is still not transparent, and if an error occurs there is a tendency to be defensive. As highly experienced clinical negligence solicitors we can advise you on the steps you need to take, because we know exactly how the system works.
The first step is to call our 1800 989 850 about your potential case. We can usually tell you quickly if you have a valid complaint, and ultimately if you can or should bring a clinical negligence claim. Sometimes taking legal action is the only way to get a full explanation of how an error occurred. Often plaintiffs are not primarily interested in compensation, but just want to understand what went wrong.
As vastly experienced specialist solicitors using our services can make a large difference to the chances of your winning your claim, and the amount of damages you receive. Clinical negligence cases are always fiercely defended, but with over twenty years of experience working with clinical negligence victims we can offer you an unparalleled level of service and professionalism.
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What can I expect?
When you call us you will be put through to one of our specialist team who is experienced in dealing with clinical negligence claims.
We will listen to you as you tell us about your incident in complete confidence and then write to the medical professionals involved to request their notes which are relevant to the treatment you received.
We would then have those notes reviewed by an independent specialist in the medical field to ascertain whether “at the time and in the circumstances” a different course of action would have prevented the loss, injury or deterioration in an existing condition which you or a loved one have suffered.
We can normally tell you quickly if your medical negligence claim is worth pursuing, the likelihood of your succeeding, and what will be involved in the claims process, including how long it usually takes – however, it is always your decision if you whether or not you pursue a claim for medical negligence compensation.
Clinical negligence awards
The Irish State Claims Agency has released figures that show the average clinical negligence award is currently sixty three thousand Euros. However, depending on the details of your particular case, and the loss suffered by you and your loved ones, awards can run into hundreds of thousands of Euros. For example if your child suffered a permanent injury due to an error during their birth, they may need specialist care for the rest of their life, or you may not be able to work because you need to become a full time carer.
Whatever the circumstances of your medical treatment, the next step you should take is to call our free advice line without obligation on 1800 989 850
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