Medical Negligence

Kevin P. Kilrane & Co. is regularly consulted by clients who suspect that they or a loved one have suffered as a result of medical negligence. Medical negligence can have profound and life changing consequences for a patient and their family who may not have the answers as to what went wrong. If you believe that you may have suffered medical negligence we will act for you in a most compassionate and understanding manner to find out exactly what occurred and whether or not you have a case to claim compensation. There are many cases where no actual negligence exists but due to lack of communication and/or explanation from the medical profession, patients and their families are left in a distressing vacuum, not knowing what went wrong or where fault lies. We will investigate your case thoroughly and engage international experts of the highest calibre in their field to provide you with answers. We have handled cases where others have advised no cause of action arises and achieved significant compensation for clients. Medical Negligence cases are difficult and require significant effort to pursue. You can be assured, however, that the full resources of our practice as required by your case will be applied.

Medical negligence is classified currently under the heading of a Personal Injury but in reality it is a separate and distinct area in itself. For example, medical negligence claims do not go to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). In addition a two year statute of limitations applies (with some exceptions) and while this may not seem restrictive at first instance, it is in certain cases a very short window within which to commence Court proceedings particularly where a patient is dealing with the consequences of illness or substandard medical treatment and extensive investigations must take place before the commencement of proceedings at all. Each case has its own particular facts and circumstances but even the most straight forward Medical Negligence cases are complex with numerous potential pitfalls. We will guide you through the entire process to achieve the best possible result.

Common areas of medical negligence include:-

  • GP Negligence
  • Negligent performance of surgical procedures.
  • Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Claims
  • Gynaecological & Obstetric Injury Claims (including still births)
  • Accident & Emergency Claims
  • Nursing Negligence
  • Oncology & Cancer Claims (including late diagnosis)
  • Fatal Injury Claims
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Dental Injury
  • Cosmetic Surgery Claims

NOTE: It is a general rule that you have two years from the date of the injury within which to bring a claim under the Statute of Limitations. However, there are several exceptions to this general rule.