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Medical Negligence in Ireland

Medical Negligence occurs when a doctor or a medical practitioner acts in a manner which is below the standard of care to be expected of such a medical person resulting in consequential injury to their patient.

These negligent acts can vary from a failure to read a scan correctly, to a failure to diagnose a patient and even surgical errors. Unfortunately, such mistakes can be catastrophic for a patient, as they can lead to permanent, life altering injuries. 

Under the current law in Ireland, a patient (who feels that he/she is a victim of medical negligence) has two years from the date of the wrongdoing (or the date of knowledge of the wrongdoing) to formally start a legal case. However, as there are several steps which must be performed before such a case can be formally started, it is important that you seek advice from a Solicitor as soon as you become aware of the wrongdoing.

We at Berwick Solicitors, dealt with many queries over the years in the area of medical negligence such as: – 

  • Accident and Emergency issues, 
  • Birth related issues,
  • Gynaecological issues, 
  • Radiological issues, 
  • Surgical errors, 
  • Orthopaedic issues
  • Delay in diagnosis and 
  • Dental related issues. 

If you suffered an injury as a consequence of medical treatment and want advice, it is best to seek the advice of a qualified professional as soon as possible.  Berwick Solicitors have a dedicated team that practice in the area of medical negligence for many years at the firm.  

In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

Martin Kerrigan is a Solicitor practising in the area of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Law. For further advice, email