What is Medical Negligence

Added: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Medical negligence arises when a negligent doctor causes you to suffer a loss, an avoidable injury or the deterioration of an existing condition. You should be entitled to compensation for your injury where is can be shown that a ’competent’ doctor would not have made the same mistake or if that ‘competent’ doctor would have provided a ‘better standard of care in the circumstances’ at that time.

Unlike other personal injury claims, medical negligence cases are not assessed by the Injuries Board and any claim must be processed through an experienced medical negligence solicitor. At John Nash Solicitors we will immediately request the release of your medical history so that these records can be reviewed by an independent medical consultant who will give an opinion on the degree of negligence (if any) that has occurred.

As with Personal Injury actions, medical negligence actions must be brought within 2 years of the date of knowledge of the injury. A child taking a medical negligence action has 2 years from the time she/he reaches the age of 18 years of age.

As compensation claims for the doctor medical negligence are one of the most complex of legal claims in Ireland, we would advise you to speak to an experienced medical negligence solicitor at your earliest opportunity.

For any query you may have in respect of a medical negligence action contact John Nash of John Nash Solicitors, Galway.