What Counts as Medical Negligence & When Should I Hire a Solicitor?

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is a legal term used to describe when a healthcare professional provides substandard care to a patient that results in harm or injury. In such cases, the healthcare professional may be held liable for any damages incurred by the patient. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, it is important to consult with a solicitor who specialises in this area of law to evaluate your claim and determine your legal options.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or dentist, fails to provide an appropriate standard of care to a patient. Medical negligence and malpractice can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Anaesthesia errors
  • Failure to obtain informed consent
  • Neglect or abuse in a healthcare facility
  • Failure to properly monitor a patient

When to Hire a Medical Negligence Solicitor?

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered harm due to medical negligence, it is essential to act quickly. In Ireland, there is a time limit of two years from the date of the incident or from the date that the patient became aware of the injury to bring a claim for medical negligence (there are limited exceptions to this general rule).

Engaging a solicitor specialising in medical malpractice can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence to support your case, and seek compensation for your injuries and losses. Your solicitor will evaluate your claim and determine the strength of your case. They will also advise you on the legal options available to you.

Crucially they will be able to procure the expert evidence and support that is required before any medical negligence claim can be served

How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you believe that you have experienced medical negligence, your solicitor will advise you on the specific steps to take based on the circumstances of your case. These include:

  • Gathering all medical records related to the incident
  • Documenting all medical expenses and lost wages
  • Gathering witness statements and other evidence
  • Filing a complaint with the relevant regulatory body

Benefits of Hiring a Solicitor

Hiring a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence and malpractice can provide several benefits. These include:

  • Experience in handling medical negligence and malpractice cases
  • Knowledge of the legal system and procedures
  • Ability to gather evidence to support your case
  • Negotiation skills to seek a fair settlement or award
  • Guidance and support throughout the legal process

Let Mannion Solicitors Help You File Your Medical Negligence and Malpractice Claims in Ireland

At Mannion Solicitors, we have a team of experienced medical negligence solicitors in Dublin who have successfully handled many recent medical negligence cases in Ireland. Our expertise includes birth injury claims, misdiagnosis claims, surgical negligence claims, and dental malpractice claims. We understand that being a victim of medical negligence can be a traumatic experience and can have a significant impact on your life. 

Our services include dealing with the Personal Injuries’ Board process, coordinating with medical professionals, advising on the amount of compensation for your injuries, and assisting with the loss of earnings. In cases where liability or compensation amount is disputed, we engage the necessary experts and instruct Counsel if the case proceeds to court. We make sure that you’re always informed about the progress of your case.

With over 40 years of experience, we have provided a professional client-centred service to all our clients. Book your meeting with one of our talented and experienced solicitors, and let us help you obtain the justice & compensation you deserve.