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Posted in General Legal Tips on 07 November 2018
Unfortunately, injuries suffered as a result of dog attacks have been increasing steadily over the last number of years. An attack by a dog is a terrifying experience and can leave victims with serious and long-lasting injuries, both physical and psychological. Unfortunately, many of these incide...
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Posted in Medical Negligence on 09 October 2018
We were all greeted on Sunday morning, 07 October 2018 with the sad news of the untimely needless death of Emma Mhic Mhathuna, a courageous Mother who left the world and her five children behind her at the young age of 37.   Emma has clearly left behind a personal and private legacy t...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 19 September 2018
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you will want to know that you/your family will be looked after.   Being exposed to asbestos dust or fibers can cause mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer and asbestosis (which can take years to develop in the...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 03 August 2018
Many people believe that where they are injured at work, they have an automatic right to compensation. This is not the case and from our experience, the vast majority of cases involving employer’s liability are contested. An injured employee will be entitled to compensation only where they ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 11 July 2018
Amy and the Litigation Team were successful in representing a teenager who suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident which occurred during the course of a school trip.  Proceedings were issued against the school as well as the occupiers of the premises on which this accident occur...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 11 July 2018
Amy and the Litigation Team secured a significant award of damages on behalf of a mother who suffered injuries as a result of a road traffic accident. Our Client suffered significant physical and psychological injuries. Our client’s children were also in the vehicle at the time of this coll...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 11 July 2018
Amy and the Litigation Team represented a Client who suffered serious injuries as a result of a collision which occurred when the driver of another vehicle attempted to overtake our client. Not only did our Client suffer serious injuries, both physical and psychological, but he also suffered signifi...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 01 November 2017
In July, 2017, we wrote a piece about the Japanese Knotweed crisis and the serious problems which it is posing for many homeowners and residents throughout Ireland.  In particular, we condemned the presence of Japanese Knotweed on City or County Council property.  Recently, the Courts i...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 18 October 2017
Earlier this year, the fourth UN Global Road Safety Week (May 2017) focused on strategies to address and manage speed on the roads, which is a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and u...
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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 Personal Injury Litigation on 16 May 2017
Emergency Responders (including Ambulance Crew, Paramedics, members of An Garda Síochána and The Fire Service) deal with people who have suffered injuries every day.  Whether it is a car accident or a heart attack, Emergency Responders are usually the first on the scene to take ca...
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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 Personal Injury Litigation on 23 February 2017
If you are a member of An Garda Siochana and have sustained an injury inflicted upon you (during the course of your duties or even when you are off duty), you may be entitled to compensation.*   There are strict time limits that need to be adhered to, when bringing an application under ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 08 February 2017
Difficult inter-personal relationships can (unfortunately) be a part of everyday life. Most of us get by and work things out in a mutually respectful fashion. However there are times when matters can get out of hand and that mutual respect is lost. What are your options when matters take a turn for ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 05 December 2016
We began this week seeing alarming figures being released showing a whopping 3,462 incidents of physical assaults recorded by the HSE over the last five years. Almost 70% of assaults were against frontline staff, with 2,372 incidents recorded against nurses, midwives, psychiatric nurses or other nur...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 02 November 2016
We act for a number of victims (and their family members) who are parties to what has become known as the “Grace” controversy. Vulnerable children were placed, by the HSE, in a foster home where they were subjected to the most vile sexual and physical abuse.   These victims have b...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 06 October 2016
On the 5th October 2016, the revised Book of Quantum was published. The fact of the publication itself is a welcome development given that the Book of Quantum had not been updated since it’s first publication in 2004. The Publication has come against a backdrop of claims by the motor insura...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 22 July 2016
Sinead Carroll, Partner in Cantillons Solicitors, an experienced Litigation Solicitor, writing today states as follows: “Persons with physical and mental disabilities should be treated with respect and obtain whatever medical, intellectual, educational, therapeutic or other interventions th...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 14 July 2016
Cantillons Solicitors were saddened to learn of the inadequate and unsafe services provided in three farm-based residential care centres for people with Autism, reported in the media this week.  The news came following the publication of inspection reports by the Health Information and Quali...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 01 July 2016
The question is a stark and odd one, I know. However, it is one (unfortunately) which some of our clients at Cantillons have come to consider. Legionnaires Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which is caused by the bacteria found in both environmental and purpose built water sources....
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 20 June 2016
It was reported yesterday that figures released to Minister Michael McGrath confirm that insurance companies paid out more in claims in 2011 and 2012, than in 2014. This effectively dismisses the proposition that compensation claims are to blame for the soaring premiums. It had been suggested by ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 17 June 2016
It has been announced that provisional terms of reference for an Inquiry into the foster home in the South East where residents suffered horrific abuse is to be given to Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath this week. The provisional terms were first announced before the General Election in Febru...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 09 June 2016
It has been announced that the Government will be asked this week to set up a taskforce to examine the soaring costs of motor insurance. This is a welcomed announcement. Customers continue to be hit with huge increases in their motor insurance premiums. Recent commentary from Government Ministers se...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 05 May 2016
Compensation culture is a negative term that we hear brandished about on a regular basis. It is used to suggest that a significant number of claims for compensation are fraudulent, unjustified and that those who seek compensation should be criticised. Most recently, the term has reared its ugly h...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 05 May 2016
If you have been injured as a passenger in a private vehicle, on a motorbike, commercial or other vehicle or on public transport, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation*. It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the negligent driver’s insurance company to ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 14 January 2016
Cantillons have been contacted by Cork people who have been injured on public and private pavements due to the recent ice we have endured. The type of injury sustained can range up to the most severe.  We  have encountered people who have broken limbs, sore backs, and suffered nasty hea...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 06 October 2015
Yesterday, it was reported that the Commercial Court ruled that the Electricity Supply Board was 60 per cent liable for damage that was caused to UCC's campus in the wake of flooding in November 2009. The court also ruled that UCC was 40 per cent liable after a finding of contributory negligence...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 16 September 2015
Just because your job involves a physical element (e.g. nursing), does not mean you should be exposed to injuries. Employers must train their staff how to lift and they must minimise the risks to which their staff are exposed. First and foremost, if you have suffered an injury, go to your doctor....
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 19 August 2015
A question which often arises when somebody has died as a result of injury caused either by an accident or medical procedure is who can take a case. The Civil Liability Act 1961 governs claims that can be made where a person has died as a result of the wrongful or negligent act of another person ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 04 March 2015
If you suffer an injury or damage on another person’s premises it is important to first establish who the occupier of that premises is and secondly to establish if that person owes you any duty in respect of the injury/damage caused. The Occupiers’ Liability Act came into force in 199...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 18 February 2015
The role of a Nurse is a risky one. Nurses are exposed to physical and psychological injuries every day.  According to reports, the Health and Social Work Sector reports over 1,000 injuries each year to the Health and Safety Authority. This accounts for nearly 20% of all workplace injuries repo...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 18 September 2014
A cyclist who is not seen runs the risk of being struck by a motorist  and reflective clothing is the answer to being seen in the hours of darkness.  Wearing reflective clothing is a simple and effective way to make sure you are clearly seen by other road users when cycling.  Cyclists...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 10 September 2014
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, Cantillons Solicitors should be on your list of people to call following the event. Initial meeting The initial meeting with your solicitor at Cantillons is very important as this is an opportunity for us to extract all o...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 03 September 2014
  What is Contributory Negligence?   In short it is the extent to which a person injured in an accident is responsible for the injuries that were sustained.   Contributory negligence is a common law defence and plays a vital role in determining liability.&nbs...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 01 September 2014
People frequently fall in public places and receive injuries, which injuries may arise from wet, slippery or defective floors in shops, offices, schools, restaurants, car parks, bars or night clubs. The type of injury sustained can range from the most trivial to the most severe.  We frequent...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 21 July 2014
Farming is a rewarding but yet hazardous occupation. You, as the farmer, have certain responsibilities to prevent accidents from happening, both on and off your farm. If you do not take the appropriate steps, you run the risk of losing your farm. The Farmer, the Employer If you have farm work...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 21 May 2014
Myth –v- Reality As a solicitor in Cantillons Solicitors, many people have said to me that they were injured at work, their employer is insured and surely they are entitled to compensation. However, our legal system does not work like that and insurance only comes into place if there is a ...
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Posted in Personal Injury Litigation on 30 April 2014
If you are a member of An Garda Siochana and have sustained an injury inflicted upon you (during the course of your duties or even when you are off duty), you may be entitled to compensation.*  There are strict time limits that need to be adhered to, when bringing an application under the G...
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