Medical negligence lawsuits

Medical negligence lawsuits happen after someone has suffered physical injury or loss as a result of the negligent action or inaction of a medical professional. Medical errors are part and parcel of clinical practice, and are often unavoidable. However, sometimes medical professionals fail to act with the appropriate amount of care and skill which should be expected of someone of their level of expertise and experience.

If you suffer an illness, injury, physical or mental damage after receiving medical care or treatment then you should contact a specialist medical negligence lawyer to see if you may have the basis for a medical negligence lawsuit.

Medical negligence

Medical negligence is only found when the actions of a medical professional are deemed to have fallen short of the actions which could reasonably be expected of someone of the same experience in the same position. To determine this, a court will often ask for the opinion of an independent body of other medical professionals. To recover compensation in Ireland the court must be satisfied that on the ‘balance of probabilities’ the treatment was negligent and that this negligence directly caused the injuries.

What should I do if I suffer medical negligence?

If you have suffered an injury which you believe was the result of the negligent actions of a medical professional then you should take legal advice from a solicitor at the earliest opportunity. An experienced solicitor will usually consult an independent medical opinion to be sure that you have a case. Your solicitor will advise you on whether they believe that you have a chance of success and how long your case may take to settle. The Irish State Claims agency say that the average medical negligence case award in Ireland is around €60,000 but this will be entirely dependent on the severity of the case and the injuries sustained.

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