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Posted in Medical Negligence on 07 March 2018
The latest cancer misdiagnosis case involving the inspirational Alison McCormack made for very sad viewing on the RTE Prime Time Investigates programme recently. For those of you who might have missed it, Alison was diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), a localised form of breast cancer...
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Posted in New Legal Developments on 19 December 2017
The news that University Hospital Kerry is reviewing some 46,000 Radiological   Images related to more than 26,000 patients has understandably sparked huge concern amongst patients and their families.  The images include X-rays, CAT scans and ultrasounds carried out between March 2016...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 29 November 2017
We have had a number of enquiries from people in relation to injuries/deaths arising out of infection. On investigating these cases, we have discovered that if an infection is not treated promptly, it can cause an inflammatory response which is known as sepsis. The treatment of this condition is ver...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 20 September 2017
Exaggerated or fraudulent claims by Plaintiffs are abhorrent.  They are dishonest and they are illegal.  They do not benefit the legal system the public who pay expensive insurance premiums. Thankfully they are in the minority. Solicitors take detailed instructions from clients, carry o...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 25 May 2017
The HSE published its long awaited report entitled The HSE Maternity Clinical Complaints Review on Tuesday the 23rd May 2017. Frankly, I have lost track of the number of reports that have come into being since Primetime Investigates first reported on the tragic deaths of a number of babies in the...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 03 May 2017
There has been a lot of controversy about the location for the National Maternity Hospital over the last few weeks.  As a Solicitor who specialises in medical negligence cases, I would urge the various stakeholders to grapple with this thorny issue once and for all so that the women of Ireland ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 20 April 2017
Problems caused by vaginal mesh implants, which have left thousands of women worldwide in severe pain and some permanently disabled, have been recently highlighted in the media and have been the subject of numerous calls to our medical negligence team at our office in Cork, by affected parties. T...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 07 April 2017
There has been a lot of talk about this topic in the recent weeks. Indeed, I was invited on to talk about this topic on Today with Sean O’Rourke on the 05th April 2017. So too was Kevin Thompson, Chief Executive of Insurance Ireland and Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with the Irish In...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 05 April 2017
I think that it is almost universally accepted by all that if you had a wrong committed, that the person wronged should be appropriately compensated. In this context, if one is injured as a consequence of medical negligence, all right thinking people believe that the wrongdoer (Doctor) should comp...
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Posted in New Legal Developments on 03 April 2017
It is disappointing news (in my view) that the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, plans to introduce a voluntary Open Disclosure Scheme which will give medical professionals legal protection for any information given following a patient safety incident. Minister Harris has been reported as saying...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 10 February 2017
In October, 2015 the US Food and Drug Authority (FDA) issued a circular about the potential risk to patients who had undergone open heart surgery within the last 5 years where a “Sorin” heater-cooler device was used during the surgery. This circular suggests that the heater-cooler device...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 19 January 2017
I wrote back in March 2016 on cancer misdiagnosis in Wexford General Hospital. (The blog is on our website for those who have not read it and wish to do so). At the time, there had been newspaper reports on a leaked review of twelve cases of bowel cancer “missed” at Wexford General Ho...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 09 December 2016
The first judgment from the Irish Courts against the hip implant manufacturer DePuy International was handed down in November 2016 by Mr Justice Kevin Cross. This was the first case to run the full duration and the victim, Mrs Gillian O Sullivan was awarded a sum of €704,000 by the High Cour...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 28 September 2016
Week in and week out at Cantillons we are contacted by distressed clients with a concern that either they or their loved ones have been mistreated in our Hospitals. In addition, the national media reports error after error. Public confidence in our health service is at an all-time low and morale wit...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 13 September 2016
I read, with sadness, the reports of an increase in the amounts being paid out by the State Claims Agency in respect of medical negligence claims.   I noticed the various statistics and figures that were furnished.  I also note, with some alarm and concern, the absence of any ref...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 07 September 2016
There are a number of reforms on the horizon which may make it easier for victims of medical negligence to get justice.  1. Pre-action protocol: There are about to be changes to the Superior Court Rules which may see an end to the inordinate delays which occur in medical negligence c...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 29 July 2016
I listened with sadness (and a distinct sense of déjà vu) to Ronan Dunnes’ statement yesterday outside the High Court in Dublin. Ronan Dunne is the father of Eoghan Dunne who received an award of €2.4 million in damages following failures of care at Portiuncula Hospital...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 11 May 2016
Difficulties with Metal on Metal (MoM) hip devices have been highlighted in the media by the worldwide recall of the DePuy ASR in August 2010 and the discontinuance of the DePuy Pinnacle from mid-2013.  MoM hip prostheses were first developed by Peter Ring & Mckee-Farrar in 1961.  T...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 05 May 2016
Karen Kearney Solicitor at Cantillons’ response to the Irish Medical Organisation’s call for the establishment of a Task Force for reform of the Medical Negligence system.  "I have had the privilege of representing many patients who have been the victims of medical negligenc...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 05 May 2016
I read with a sense of déjà vu the recent newspaper  reports on the leaked review of 12 cases of bowel cancer “missed” at Wexford General Hospital. Sadly, one of these 12 patients has since died of this illness.  These 12 patients were identified from a recall ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 06 January 2016
There has been a marked increase in recent years in the number of dental negligence claims both in Ireland and abroad.  This increase can be attributed to a growth in procedures generally available as well as in cosmetic dentistry conducted both in Ireland and overseas.  ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 10 December 2015
If you had a medical/surgical procedure and you suffered an injury, the risk of which you were not told about when you consented to the procedure, your chances of succeeding in a legal case have now improved following a UK landmark decision in March 2015 in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Healt...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 20 November 2015
On the 5th November 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down its Decision in the case of Gill Russell –v- HSE.  The Medical Negligence Team at Cantillons had represented Gill Russell in the High Court, where he got a significant award.  In the High Court, Mr. Justice Kevin Cross made pr...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 22 July 2015
The medical negligence team here in Cantillons Solicitors have just finished prosecuting a medical negligence case in the High Court, Dublin. It ran for just under two weeks. There were two claims in fact. One for a first time  mother for damages for physical and psychological injuries arising ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 13 May 2015
The use of the medication Oyxtocin (brand name Syntocinon) to augment labour is fraught with risks.  It is well-documented that inappropriate use can cause death or disability.  In Ireland, it is listed as a high 1 of 10 high alert medications.  Thus it should seem obvious that an app...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 15 April 2015
There is something very special about case managers. This is particularly so in the context of a catastrophic injury case following an award of damages in High Court personal injury litigation.  A good case manager will transform an award of damages into a meaningful and fulfilled future for a ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 18 March 2015
On taking instructions recently from a new Client, he raised a dilemma that I frequently encounter when taking instructions from new Clients. This particular Client had an orthopaedic procedure performed privately under the care of an Orthopaedic Surgeon. However, the day after his surgery, he becam...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 21 January 2015
At present medical negligence cases are managed by the Court in the same manner as other Personal Injury cases*.  However, in 2010 the High Court Working Group on Medical Negligence and Periodic Payments proposed the introduction of pre-action protocols and case management, simila...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 10 December 2014
The death of a loved one is always difficult and distressing and this can be amplified when the death is sudden and the cause of death is unclear.   There are a number of practicalities to be dealt with and in some circumstances, you may be contacted by the Coroner’s office and infor...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 01 October 2014
Having initially been triaged by my general practitioner, with a stomach condition, I would see a gastroenterologist. In pregnancy, I would be referred to an obstetrician. If I had a knee injury, I would consult with an orthopaedic surgeon (preferably, one who sub-specialises in the treatment of kne...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 16 July 2014
There has been an increase in recent years in the numbers of Dental Negligence cases which is probably attributable to a number of factors including the growth in general orthodontic procedures as well as elective cosmetic dentistry (e.g. teeth whitening) being conducted in Ireland. Dentists are ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 11 June 2014
As a medical lawyer with Cantillons Solicitors, I work exclusively in the area of medical negligence claims. This blog discusses why we will always take on the best experts when involved in medical negligence litigation, a complex yet intriguing and rewarding journey which I embark upon daily, ...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 07 May 2014
Recent defective medical product controversies regarding the DePuy hip replacement recall in 2010 and the French PIP silicone breast implants in 2011 along with increased instances of medical product recall has brought to the fore the interaction between Product Liability and Medical Negligence liti...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 26 February 2014
As a medical lawyer with Cantillons Solicitors, I work exclusively in the area of medical negligence claims. This blog will take you through the life cycle of a medical negligence investigation, a complex yet intriguing and rewarding journey which I embark upon daily, in serving the needs of my clie...
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