Medical Negligence Law

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Last month the team at HOMS Assist secured a high value undisclosed settlement and an apology from the HSE for our client, a widow whose young husband died as a result of deficits of care at the University Hospital Kerry, which tragically resulted in his untimely death. However, it took a four-year

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An ex-gratia compensation scheme for injuries linked to vaccinations is being established by the government as a matter of priority, according to reports. An expert group chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan last year called for a scheme to be established "as a matter of urgency", having been consid

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Pat Daly breaks down the HSE's complaints procedure in the context of increasing confusion and reluctance among families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of late, my colleagues and I are receiving complaints from acutely distressed families about what they perceive as ‘lack of care’ of thei

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The Department of Health (DoH) paid £32.8 million on clinical and social care negligence cases in 2019/20, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year. A new statistical bulletin shows that £23.2 million was paid in damages in the year ending 31 March 2020, £6.6 million was paid in

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The Law Society of Ireland has urged the government to implement the recommendations of a major review of the management of clinical negligence claims. An expert group chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan published its final report, containing 17 recommendations, just before Christmas with very litt

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Karen Kearney, partner at Cantillons Solicitors, explores the issue of expert witnesses through the prism of a recent medical negligence case. I recently settled a medical negligence claim for a client which was one of the most difficult that I have prosecuted in my career. It involved two High Cour

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Solicitors have welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the historical licensing and use of the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate (Epilim) in Ireland. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced the inquiry yesterday following a meeting with representatives from Epilepsy Ireland and the Organ

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Ed Madden BL examines a recent High Court case in which the Medical Council applied for proceedings to take place either in camera or in an anonymised manner. In May, the High Court delivered its judgment on an ex parte application brought by the Medical Council requesting that intended proceedings

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Ms Justice Ann Power, a serving judge of the Court of Appeal, has been appointed as chairperson of the CervicalCheck Tribunal. She succeeds Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the former Court of Appeal judge who was appointed to chair the tribunal in 2018 but gave up the role on her appointment as president of

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A pair of prominent medical negligence solicitors have launched a new specialist practice, Liston Flavin, in Co Wicklow. The Greystones-based firm is led by partners Rachael Liston and Clare Flavin, former colleagues at Orpen Franks who headed up its award-winning medical negligence department.

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