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GP & Consultant Negligence

Our medical negligence team at Berwick Solicitors have assisted many clients in cases against their General Medical Practitioners (GPs) and Medical Consultants. Typically, these cases involve a failure to refer a patient to a hospital for further testing, failure to refer the patient for scan imagining and misdiagnosing a patient.

Berwick Solicitors leads the field in providing expert legal advice and representation for individuals affected by GP and consultant negligence in Ireland. With a team celebrated for its deep expertise, experience and a client-focused approach, we ensure those affected by medical negligence receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Understanding Medical Negligence Claims

What is the average payout for medical negligence in Ireland?

The average payout for medical negligence cases in Ireland varies widely based on the specifics of each case, including the severity of the injury, impact on quality of life and future care needs. While minor injuries might secure smaller settlements, more severe cases can result in significant compensation amounts, reflecting both economic and non-economic damages.

How do I prove medical negligence in Ireland?

Proving medical negligence involves demonstrating that a healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care expected, resulting in harm. This includes showing that the duty of care existed, the standard of care was breached and this breach directly caused your injury or loss.

What is the time limit for medical negligence claims in Ireland?

In Ireland, the statute of limitations for medical negligence claims is generally two years from the date the injury was known or ought to have been known, not necessarily when the incident occurred. It’s crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within these time limits.

Who are the best medical negligence solicitors in Ireland?

Berwick Solicitors is renowned for its dedication to medical negligence cases, offering unparalleled expertise and a client-centric approach. Our success is built on a foundation of trust, comprehensive legal knowledge and a commitment to securing the best outcomes for our clients.

What is the criteria to prove negligence?

The criteria to prove negligence include establishing a duty of care, showing a breach of this duty, demonstrating that the breach caused harm and quantifying the damages suffered as a result. Each element must be thoroughly evidenced to build a strong case.

How do I sue a doctor in Ireland?

Suing a doctor involves gathering comprehensive evidence of negligence, consulting with medical experts and filing a legal claim through experienced solicitors like Berwick Solicitors. The process requires meticulous preparation and understanding of medical and legal standards to successfully navigate the complexities involved.

Common Causes and Types of GP & Consultant Negligence

GP and consultant negligence can manifest in various forms, deeply impacting patients’ lives. Common causes include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, prescription errors, failure to refer to specialists and inadequate patient follow-up or monitoring.

Types of GP & Consultant Negligence Claims:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leading to worsened conditions
  • Prescription and medication errors
  • Failure to conduct necessary examinations or order tests
  • Errors in treatment or surgical procedures

What is the duty of care?

The Irish courts do not place a requirement on the medical profession to make a correct diagnosis in every case. The diagnosis must however, be of a reasonable standard in light of the circumstances before that practitioner.

If the Specialist detects an abnormality, they have a duty to investigate further or to refer the patient back to the GP for review / evaluation. Unfortunately, a breakdown in communication often occurs at this stage, and the patient is left thinking they are problem free.

To prove a case of medical negligence against a GP or a medical consultant, a medical expert report must be obtained. Often, the patient does not know what to do when this situation occurs to them. We at Berwick Solicitors, have over thirty years’ experience in the area of medical negligence and have dedicated Solicitors that specialise in medical malpractice (medical negligence cases). If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Partner with Berwick Solicitors for Your Medical Negligence Claim

At Berwick Solicitors, we understand the profound impact medical negligence can have on individuals and their families. Our approach combines legal prowess with compassion, ensuring each client receives personalised attention and advocacy. We guide you through every step of your claim, leveraging our expertise to secure the compensation and closure you need. If you or a loved one has been affected by GP or consultant negligence, contact Berwick Solicitors today.

For expert guidance and comprehensive support on handling medical negligence claims in Ireland, refer to our medical negligence solicitors page. Our dedicated team, with extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence cases, is committed to delivering the justice and compensation you are entitled to. We provide detailed information and resources to assist you through this challenging process, ensuring you have the representation you need.


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