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Every year, thousands of people are treated by healthcare professionals. Most of the time the care received is exceptional, but occasionally things do go wrong.

If you, or a loved one, have been unfortunate and received sub-standard service, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim with us.

Medical negligence cases are a highly specialised area of law and need the expert attention of a team of medical negligence solicitors.

If you need expert help and advice and are considering medical or clinical negligence litigation, let a skilled team of medical negligence solicitors handle your claim, from start to finish. Contact us now for an immediate consultation  and guidance on how to get started with your medical injury claim.

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Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

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On average, 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year. In the region of 10 per cent of all cancer cases relate to breast cancer and according to The Irish Times, October 13, 2012 more than a quarter of the legal actions taken against Irish hospitals for alleged cancer misdiagnosis over the past eight years related to cases of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer survival rates continue to increase year on year with a very high percentage of people surviving the disease. Mistakes by medical staff are sometimes made however and if those mistakes cause an injury of some kind, make the disease harder to treat or create a lower chance of survival, a clinical negligence claim may be possible.


Things which can go wrong

Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

There are many different causes of patients receiving a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.  Some of the most common involve:

GP’s failing to refer a patient for further tests when they present at the surgery with symptoms such as a lump in their breast or underarm.

Insufficient tests being carried out when a lump is found.  For example a negative mammogram should be followed up with a scan, needle aspiration or biopsy as there is a risk of a false negative result from a mammogram particularly in an older lady.

The results of a test being read incorrectly and a negative result given instead of a positive.


Surgical Errors

All surgery carries a degree of risk and to make a claim against a surgeon you have to be able to prove that the mistake they made was unreasonable and below the expected standard.

One example of surgical error would be failing to remove sufficient tissue to ensure the removal of all cancerous cells.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall

Hip Replacement Recall

Since 2003, more than 3,500 faulty DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacements have been implanted in patients in Ireland.

In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics (a division of Johnson & Johnson) recalled the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR components have been associated with pseudo-tumours and metal ion release (cobalt/chrome) leading to patients suffering extensive tissue damage around the hip.

Symptoms include:

  • Groin pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling
  • Clunking or grinding
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in leg

There is also a fear that the release of the metal ions into the blood could be causing patients to suffer potentially serious medical complications that may seem completely unrelated to the hip component.


Your Right to Compensation

If you have been fitted with a recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement system, you are entitled to compensation. This may include compensation for:

  • Corrective surgery to replace a defective implant
  • X-rays, blood tests, monitoring, and medical testing
  • Medications
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity
  • Transportation

Please note – DePuy Orthopaedics may try to contact you and offer to cover several of these costs directly, but you should not agree to this without first seeking the advice of an experienced solicitor. This is because DePuy will likely require that you sign consent forms and/or relinquish your medical records to them before they agree to cover any costs, and this can potentially extinguish your rights to greater compensation under Irish law.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy is a developmental disability that will usually be noticeable within the first few years of a child’s life. The condition affects the body’s movement and muscle co-ordination. Cerebral Palsy occurs because the motor areas in the brain are damaged or do not develop correctly. In most cases it arises for natural reasons but sometimes it can be due to medical negligence.

There are many ways in which the possibly negligent actions of a medical professional can result in brain damage.


 

Examples of negligence include the following:

  • A doctor may fail to order specific tests during pregnancy, or not interpret the results of tests properly.
  • A doctor may fail to identify that an unborn baby is in distress from a CTG scan.
  • A doctor may fail to perform a Caesarean section, or delay doing a section, when there is obvious evidence that the unborn baby is in distress during labour.
  • A doctor may use vacuum extraction excessively during birth.
  • A doctor may not deliver a baby for over 24 hours after its mother’s membranes have been ruptured.
  • The paediatrician may be absent during the baby’s birth, when medical problems should have been foreseen.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Acquired Brain Injury

Brain-Injury

Acquired Brain Injury can be defined as any brain injury that occurs during a person’s life. It can be:

  • Damage to brain tissue following traumatic injuries – resulting from road traffic accidents, falls, assaults or sports injuries
  • Damage to brain following stroke, brain surgery or a brain tumor
  • Damage to brain tissue as a result of viral infection (e.g. following encephalitis, meningitis, syphilis)
  • Damage to brain resulting from lack of oxygen (e.g. as a result of heart attacks, hypoxia or anoxia – deficiency of oxygen in tissue)

In the context of medical negligence litigation, acquired brain injuries refer to brain injuries which occur, but which could have been prevented or at least significantly reduced if competent medical care had been provided.

The treatment for a neurological problem can itself be negligent. Operations can be negligently performed by Neurosurgeons resulting in damage which could otherwise have been avoided. It is also the case that the wrong procedure might be carried out or the standard of post-operative care following such a complicated procedure may be inadequate

A failure to provide adequate medical care can have severe consequences for the person who suffers the brain injury and often result in lifelong care been required.

For more information call us now on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form. One of our personal injury legal team will contact you immediately to arrange an immediate  legal consultation.

When we meet with you we will assess your claim and explain to you the process involved in making a claim. This  consultation is aimed to provide you with legal advice on the options available to you.

Medical Negligence in A&E Departments

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Unfortunately due to many factors including overcrowded, insufficient staffing numbers and inexperienced doctors, negligence can occur in hospital A&E Departments. Sub-standard care in an A & E department can cause catastrophic injuries and mistakes made can have a devastating effect on the patient and his/her family.

The most common reasons for Accident & Emergency (A&E) negligence claims are:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat a fracture
  • Inappropriate or sub-standard treatment of fractures
  • Failure to perform and/or correctly interpret diagnostic blood tests
  • Failure to order scans or x-rays, and/or wrong interpretation
  • Failure to recognise when someone is likely to harm himself
  • Failure to recognise the seriousness of a patient’s condition, resulting in the wrong diagnosis
  • Inadequate cleaning, suturing and dressing of wounds
Claims arising from incidents in A&E are generally taken against a hospital or health authority, rather than the individual doctor or nurse. If you have been injured as a result of your experience in an A&E Department please call us now on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form. One of our personal injury legal team will contact you immediately to arrange an immediate legal consultation.

When we meet with you we will assess your claim and explain to you the process involved in making a claim. This consultation is aimed to provide you with legal advice on the options available to you.

Gynaecological & Obstetric Injury Claims

Gynaecological & Obstetric Injury Claims

Gynaecological injuries can occur during procedures such as hysterectomies, ovarian oophorectomies, laparoscopic fallopian salpingectomies and result in injuries such as bladder perforation, vesico-vaginal fistula, and perforated bowel.

As with any medical procedure these injuries can often occur as a result of a non-negligently performed operation and are recognised complications of these types of procedure. However certain injuries may have been avoidable if adequate care and attention was paid either during the initial procedure itself or in the immediate post-operative period. If you feel that you have suffered such an injury or have concerns in relation to the care given to you during a gynaecological procedure please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Perineal or vaginal tears can occur during childbirth as a result of the baby’s head passing through the mother’s birth canal or, as a result of the use of instruments used to assist in the delivery. Often the trauma is not serious and can be identified and repaired without the risk of future complications. Tears are classified according to definitions universally accepted by obstetricians and range from first degree to fourth degree tears. First and second degree tears are almost invariably easily identified and repaired without causing any undue difficulty for the mother. Third and fourth degree tears though can be extremely severe and will require extensive suturing and follow up to prevent devastating symptoms developing.

These severe tears can sometimes be missed and left unrepaired resulting in serious consequences for the mother.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444, or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Hospital Acquired Infection Claims – MRSA, C-difficile and GRE

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There are many types of hospital acquired infections most of which are potentially preventable.

Such infections can stem from a variety of sources, such as surgical site infections, blood stream infections and transmission through physical contact. In a hospital setting, physical contact is the most common form of transmission and it is therefore essential that the use of alcohol gel employed by hospitals is rigorously upheld and maintained.

Certain medical conditions (such as pneumonia) and procedures (such as catheterisation) can make you more susceptible to contracting infections.

Perhaps the most commonly known infections acquired through health care are MRSA, Clostridium difficile and GRE.

If you have suffered from any hospital acquired infection or healthcare related infection, call us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Fatal Injury Compensation Claim

Fatal Injury Compensation Claim

It is an unfortunate fact that people do die in accidents and leave behind devastated family members and loved ones.  If the fatal accident was someone else’s fault, then the family of the deceased may be able to make a fatal injury compensation claim.

Making a claim for compensation will obviously not be the first thing those loved ones think of but in some cases the compensation will be essential for the family to carry on after the death.

For example, if a man is killed in an accident at work, leaving behind his wife who looks after their children, she may have no way of providing for those children in his absence.

Because fatal accident compensation claims are so important for the family left behind, you need a firm of solicitors with experience of dealing with complicated and high value claims as well as a firm which can act with compassion and empathy towards the deceased’s family.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Spinal Injury and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Compensation Claims

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for a spinal injury or spinal cord injury (SCI) caused as a result of an accident is very different to handling a normal personal injury compensation claim as many other factors need to be taken into account.

Spinal Injuries or Spinal Cord Injuries may cause some degree of paralysis. A specialist personal injury solicitor dealing with a claim for compensation in a case where a person has suffered an injury to his or her spine will need to work closely with the family of the injured person and carry out home or hospital visits.

Spinal injuries tend to have a great impact on individuals because they are so traumatic and have long term, often lifelong, implications.

Spinal injuries arise in many situations including road accidents, accidents at work, accidents whilst playing sport or even from clinical negligence. If you suffer a spinal injury in an accident, we are experts in claiming accident compensation.

The compensation awarded must take into account, not only the pain and suffering the person has endured together with initial costs but also any future losses they may incur such as rehabilitation costs, nursing care, disability aids or specialist equipment as well as transport costs or the cost of having their house modified to suit their needs. The damages awarded would also need to take into account any future loss earnings if the injured person is unable to return to work.

Recovering the proper amount of compensation in these cases requires a high level of skill and it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Eye Injury Claims / Loss of Sight

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Loss of sight or blindness is a devastating, life-changing injury.  The loss of sight may be partial or may be total loss of sight (blindness).  The loss of sight could also be temporary or permanent.

If you are involved in an accident which was not your fault which results in you becoming blind in one or both eyes you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  You may also be able to claim compensation if negligent medical treatment results in your loss of sight.

There are many different types of accident in which a person can be injured which results in partial loss of sight or complete blindness.  Some of the most common are:

  • Assaults or Attacks
  • Bright Lights
  • Chemicals
  • Electric Shock
  • Grit or other particles
  • Head Trauma
  • Sharp Objects

To find out more about how we can help you make a personal injury claim for damages, call us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Dental Claims

Dental Claims

A Dental Negligence claim for compensation can only be made if the dental treatment you have received has been substandard and has also caused you an injury of some kind.  This is the same principle as any type of clinical negligence or medical negligence claim.

There are two main ways in which people tend to suffer injuries as a result of dental negligence; misdiagnosis and/or lack of treatment

 


 

Advice and Consent

Dentists have a duty to inform patients of all the treatment options available to them. If a patient is led to believe that there is only one treatment option available to them, for example an extraction when a filling or root canal treatment would have been possible, the patient may be able to make a claim.


 

Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures such as crowns, bridges, veneers and implants all have positive and negative points which should be discussed with the patient at length before any treatment is carried out.

Implants have also led to a number of dental negligence cases where nerves or adjacent teeth have been damaged during the process and where the sinus cavity has been penetrated.

Extraction of Teeth

Damage caused during extractions tends to be to the tooth being removed, the adjacent teeth or the nerves. Extracting a healthy tooth in error will usually result in a successful claim for negligence.

Gum Disease

If a patient has been regularly seeing their dentist for a number of years and their gum disease either goes completely unnoticed or is not treated correctly then a claim for compensation may be possible.

Root Canal Treatment

Two of the most common things to go wrong during root canal treatment is failure to remove all of the root and failure to fill the canal properly.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

Inquests

Inquests

An inquest is a public enquiry to establish the facts surrounding a death. This sometimes involves a Jury.

Witnesses are often called and families who have lost a loved one often have many questions to ask, especially where death has occurred while their loved one was in the care of Medical Professionals and questions remain unanswered.

If any form of Legal action is contemplated as a result of death, it is most important that your family’s interests are protected by engaging an experienced solicitor to attend the inquest with you.

At this difficult time, you and your family will need the input of a solicitor who will address your difficult questions with experience and compassion and most importantly, be available to speak with you when the need arises.

A coroner does not have the jurisdiction to apportion blame but rather determines the facts of each case.

Contact us today on Free Phone 1 800 644 444 or by simply using the online enquiry form for an immediate consultation.

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