What Can Be Classified As Medical Negligence? Flanagan & Little

Medical negligence cases in Ireland are all heard in Dublin and last year alone, a record €248.88m was paid out to victims.

Medical negligence is a term often used in relation to personal injury*, although there are some key differences. Here we will discuss some of the key identifiers of medical negligence cases and the most common reasons a victim of medical negligence might seek legal support in the pursuit of compensation.

Cases of Medical Malpractice

A medical practitioner is bound by a duty of care to provide their patients with a reliable diagnosis, correct treatment as well as information regarding possible side-effects and risks. Medical malpractice cases can arise due to a numer of situations, such as:

  • Failure by the specialists to diagnose and treat a serious illness like a heart attack, meningitis, HIV or cancer.
  • Failure by the specialist to diagnose or treat a serious mental condition like dementia or depression.
  • A failure by the specialist to warn the client about the specific risks associated with a particular treatment.

Medical Negligence – Who Is Liable?

In medical negligence cases, liability is not restricted to just doctors and surgeons. Medical negligence cases can be brought against family doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, opticians, Accident and Emergency staff, pharmacists, midwives, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, heart surgeons, cancer specialists – essentially anybody who provides diagnosis and treatment in a medical setting.

Have You Been A Victim Of Medical Negligence? 

If you have been involved in an incident which you feel constitutes medical negligence, you should seek independent medical advice immediately. You should also contact a personal injury solicitor who is also versed in medical negligence cases. Compile as much information as required for you to make an informed decision.

If you require further information in regards to medical negligence, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our offices.

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