Medical Negligence Solicitors

Medical Negligence Claims

If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of a medical error, then you may wish to pursue a claim for medical negligence.

Our award-winning medical negligence solicitors can advise and support you so as to get the answers you are seeking in relation to why the negligence occurred. We will investigate a medical negligence claim on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you or your family deserve. We will also seek an apology from the hospital or the medical staff who were responsible for causing the injury or death.

If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of a medical error, then you may wish to pursue a claim for medical negligence.

Our award-winning medical negligence solicitors can advise and support you so as to get the answers you are seeking in relation to why the negligence occurred. We will investigate a medical negligence claim on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you or your family deserve. We will also seek an apology from the hospital or the medical staff who were responsible for causing the injury or death.

Types of Medical Negligence Claims

Brain Injury Claims

Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on an individual and their family, particularly if the injuries are as a result of medical negligence. Brain injuries can be catastrophic and result in traumatic and life-changing injuries.

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Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims

A stroke can occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off or reduced, preventing the brain tissue getting the oxygen it needs. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.

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Birth Injury to Mother Claims
For most women, having a baby is a positive experience and they leave hospital having received excellent care.

Unfortunately, when something goes wrong or where negligence occurs, before, during or after childbirth, it can result in very serious physical and psychological injuries.

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Birth Injury to Baby Claims
If your baby has been injured due to mistakes or errors by doctors or midwives before, during or after giving birth then you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence.

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Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Claims
If your baby died due to hospital negligence then you will have many unanswered questions as to what caused the death of your baby.

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Gynaecology Claims

Gynaecologists are doctors who specialise in investigating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the female reproductive system.

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Misdiagnosis Claims

Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient. It can arise when there has been a incorrect or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition such as cancer, meningitis, diabetes, heart disease or head injuries.

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A&E Negligence Claims

A&E departments deal with many different types of medical emergencies. These departments are highly pressurised and emergency care can sometimes go wrong and cause serious injury to the patient. Accident and emergency claims can arise where negligent delay or incorrect medical treatment results in the patient suffering from illness or injury, which would not have occurred but for the negligent care.

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Dental Negligence Claims

If your dentist has made a mistake or an error whilst treating or diagnosing a dental issue then you may have a claim for dental negligence.

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Fatal Claims
If the loss of a loved one was a result of a medical mistake or error, then you may be able to pursue a fatal claim on you and your family’s behalf.

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Cauda Equina Claims

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency and needs to be treated urgently to avoid long-term irreparable neurological damage. If your doctor has failed to recognise the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and failed to refer you for emergency treatment, then it is possible that you have a claim for medical negligence.

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Surgical Injury Claims

Surgical negligence claims arise when mistakes occur during surgery which result in the patient being injured.

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Spinal Injury Claims
Spinal injury can be caused as result of a delayed or missed diagnoses or during routine surgery. Where the injury is caused because of negligence, it may be possible to make a spinal injury claim with Liston Flavin Solicitors.

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Defective Medical Device Claims
If a medical device is defective it can cause serious harm to patients. It can also make a condition worse and necessitate additional surgery.

Despite strict standards and rigorous testing of medical devices, sometimes products are defective and can cause serious personal injury. This may require a patient having to undergo further surgery to remove and replace the defective medical device.

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Nursing Home Claims

Some of the most vulnerable in society reside in care homes and nursing homes and whilst most people who reside there receive an excellent level of care. There are exceptions, however, where failings in care by the staff who are responsible for caring for the vulnerable and elderly results in poor care and medical treatment which leads to injury and can tragically lead to death. This can result in a claim for medical negligence.

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Covid 19 Claims
Non-Covid patients are at risk of serious harm or death because of a delay in accessing treatment or medical services during the pandemic.

If you have suffered from unnecessary illness or harm because of a delay in accessing the required medical care, then you may have a claim for medical negligence.

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GP Claims
When we feel unwell, we generally go to our GP and on the most part patients receive exceptional care. Sometimes, however, symptoms are missed, and doctors fail to diagnose or refer patients for further treatment.

GP’s play an important role in ensuring that patients are assessed appropriately, prescribed the correct treatment, and referred on for specialist care without delay.

If a GP makes a mistake which causes a patient to suffer unnecessary pain and financial loss, it may be possible to pursue a claim for medical negligence.

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims
Cosmetic surgery mistakes can be devastating, both physically and mentally. Where a procedure goes wrong or where a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist makes a mistake which causes an injury then it is possible to pursue a cosmetic surgery claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have experienced an injury or a loss of a family member or a loved one as a result of medical negligence, we are here to support and advise you.

We are specialist medical negligence solicitors and we have more than 20 years’ experience of advising clients in relation to medical negligence claims.

We will explain clearly to you how the process works, and we will do our utmost to support you during a difficult time in your life in order to ensure that you get the answers that you are seeking in relation to how the negligence occurred and that you also get the compensation that you deserve.

 

How do I know if the medical treatment was negligent?

We will take a detailed history from you of what occurred. We will then take up all of the relevant medical records which will be sent to the appropriate medical expert who will prepare an expert report. This report will provide an opinion in relation to the standard of care that you received and whether this care caused you to suffer an injury or the loss of a loved one.

Once the necessary medical report/reports are obtained then we can then advise further with regards to pursuing a claim on your behalf.

 

Is there a time limit on bringing a claim?

In Ireland you have two years from the date of the negligence or the date you became aware of the negligence within which to issue proceedings. However, there are some exceptions to this rule which are as follows: –

Children under the age of 18 – A medical negligence claim can be taken any time before your child turns 18. Once your child turns 18, then the two-year Statute of Limitations rule starts to run. Therefore, proceedings would need to be issued before your child turns 20.

• Mental capacity – If there is an issue with regards to an individual’s mental capacity in relation to taking a claim on their own behalf, then the Statute of Limitations may not apply.

However, it is important to seek legal advice in relation to the time periods in order to ensure that you do not find yourself out of time within which to take a claim.

 

How long do medical negligence claims take?

The length of time that it takes for a medical negligence claim to conclude can depend on a number of factors. It can take a significant length of time to investigate a claim and it can also take a significant length of time for the healthcare provider responsible for the negligence to accept liability. In addition, if there are a number of defendants it can prolong the time within which it takes for a case to conclude.

However, rest assured that we will progress your case without delay so as to finalise it as quickly as possible and ensure that you get the answers or apology that you are seeking and compensation for your pain and suffering and also any expenses to date or into the future that you have incurred or will incur as a result of the negligence.

 

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of someone who has died?

Yes, it is possible to take a fatal claim if you are the next of kin, spouse of the deceased or executor of the estate.

 

Will I have to go to trial?

Most medical negligence claims settle well before any trial date and the majority of cases settle through mediation. If it is the case that you are required to go to trial and give evidence, our expert team of solicitors will support you, together with the expert barristers whom we instruct on your behalf.

 

If I still require ongoing medical treatment, is this included in my claim?

We will fully investigate all future treatment that is required and will ensure that it is included in any claim.

This treatment could include the following: –

• Counselling
• Physiotherapy
• Occupational therapy
• Prosthetics
• Rehabilitation
• Further surgery
• Additional dental work
• Nursing care

 

Why choose Liston Flavin Solicitors?

We have represented victims of medical negligence and their families or loved ones for more than 20 years.

We are specialists in medical negligence and we provide compassionate and expert advice.

We ensure your voice is heard and that you get the answers to the questions that you are seeking. We leave no stone unturned in the investigations into whether there was negligence that resulted in an injury to you or your child or the death of a loved one.

We will ensure that your compensation provides the financial support that you need as a result of the impact that the medical negligence has had on you or your family.

As we specialise in medical negligence claims, we are compassionate and understanding in relation to what you are going through.

We can recommend support services to assist you with regards to rehabilitation and recovery.

We will fight to get the answers which you are seeking and we will seek an apology from the healthcare professionals in relation to the negligence which has caused you an injury or the death of a loved one.

For more information about how we can help you, please contact Rachael Liston or Clare Flavin on 01-9123240 or email info@listonflavin.ie