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Medical Negligence2018-11-27T12:56:31+00:00

WHAT IS MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE*?

In Ireland, the true test for establishing negligence in diagnosis or treatment on the part of a medical practitioner is whether he or she has been proved to be guilty of such failures as no medical practitioner of equal specialist or general status and skill would be guilty of if acting with ordinary care.

However, in a claim involving medical negligence*, it is not sufficient to show that negligence existed.  It must also be shown that, on the balance of probabilities, the negligence caused the specific injury* in question.

Medical negligence can be a factor in a cases involving spinal injury* and brain injury*.
Cases can arise where life-changing injuries* result from:

  • delayed treatment
  • failure in diagnosis or treatment, such as a negligently performed spinal surgery
  • not providing patients with accurate information, or not involving them properly in decision-making around their own care.

In addition, non-traumatic brain injuries* that occur as a result of illness or a condition within the body can occur as a result of medical negligence.

Maternal birth injuries* are injuries sustained by a mother as a result of childbirth.  The type and severity of the injury depends on the circumstances of the birth, including whether the birth was natural, instrumental or caesarean section delivery.  If the injury arises as a result of the negligent mismanagement of the pregnancy, labour and/or delivery, the mother may have a medical negligence claim against her healthcare provider and/or hospital.  

Common examples of maternal injury include:

  • Vaginal and perineal tears
  • Fissures
  • Incorrect suturing (stitching) following an episiotomy or caesarean section
  • Neurological complications as a result of epidural or spinal anaesthesia
  • Nervous shock

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

The first thing on my ‘to do’ list was to email you to say a big thank you to you and to Jessica for all the support you gave to me over the past year.
I received a stellar service from your firm and most particularly Jessica who was a delight to deal with.
While the outcome was beyond my expectations, so too was the service I received from your firm. I will be in touch with Jessica separately to thank her.

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Hi Jessica and Ralph…the day of negotiations in the High Court was yet another major turning point in our son’s life.
Looking back now we recognise that day as the day his future was secured… you and your staff have not only made a huge impact on his life, you have made an impact on our entire extended family’s lives. As a family, we will be forever grateful for the care and attention you paid to his case.

McMahon Goldrick Solicitors Client

Dear Jessica and Ashley, we would like to convey our thanks to both you and the team. We appreciate the consistency, professionalism, help and service you provided through our long and complex case. Through effective communication, support and advice the case came to a satisfactory conclusion. Your hard work and friendliness is greatly appreciated.

McMahon Goldrick Solicitor Client

Hi Jessica, John and I would like to convey our thanks to you both and the team. We appreciate the consistency, professionalism, help and service you provided through our long and complex case. Through effective communication support and advice the case came to a satisfactory conclusion. Your hard work and friendliness is greatly appreciated.

McMahon Goldrick Solicitors Client

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