Medical & Dental Negligence *

If you have been injured due to Medical Negligence or Dental Negligence, the experienced, committed and specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors at Cantillon Solicitors will work with you to establish if you have a case related to the medical error or dental error involved.

Experienced Medical Negligence Solicitors

We have achieved the highest awards (both interim and lump sum) in the State to date in this specialised area of Personal Injury Litigation.

Medical Negligence and Dental Negligence are extremely complex areas of the law which requires specialist expertise on the part of the legal advisor. We have over 50 years cumulative experience in advising clients when medical treatment or dental treatment goes wrong. We recognise that this is often a very distressing time. We are experienced listeners. We ask the right questions. We give clear and thoughtful advice as to whether a case can be pursued in the Courts.

Cantillon Solicitors is the Firm which legal colleagues recommend.

Medical Defence Services

The following are amongst the areas of medical negligence and dental negligence that we advise upon:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Consultants
  • Doctors
  • Hospital
  • Birth injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • HSE
  • Accident & Emergency
  • Anaesthesia
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pathology
  • Histopathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Ear Nose & Throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
  • Hepatitis Infection
  • Medical Product Liability
  • Dental Product Liability
  • Pharmaceutical (Drugs)
  • DePuy Hips
  • Obstetric
  • Pregnancy mismanagement
  • Labour mismanagement
  • Birth mismanagement
  • Midwifery negligence
  • Caesarean Section
  • Brain Injury
  • Paediatrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Erbs Palsy
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Eyes/Ophthalmic Injuries
  • Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Oncology
  • Delayed Diagnosis Claims
  • Surgical Claims
  • Transfusion
  • Blood & Blood Product Transfusion

We also supply advice and representation for:

  • Coroner’s Inquest
  • Patient Support Groups
  • Patient Advocacy Groups
  • Mental Health Tribunal Enquiries

Essential Law on Medical/Dental Negligence

Set out below is a basic account of the requirements for a Medical Negligence or Dental Negligence case. Please read on if you so wish, otherwise, you may contact a member of our team who will be happy to advise you further in relation to your specific query.

In order to establish if there is a case in Medical Negligence or Dental Negligence, it will be necessary to obtain all of your relevant medical or dental records. These will need to be examined in consultation with you for the purposes of ascertaining what exactly went wrong and whether or not such actions/events constitute Medical Negligence or Dental Negligence, within the existing legal framework.

In order to prove that a doctor or dentist is negligent, it is necessary to establish that no reasonably competent practitioner in the relevant field, at the relevant time, with the same qualifications and expertise, faced with the same circumstances, would have acted in the same way.

If it is possible to show that a reasonable and competent body of medical/dental opinion would have acted in the same way, then the care is not considered negligent.

The second hurdle which has to be overcome is that of “causation”. This links the medical/dental negligence (if established) with the ultimate unfortunate outcome. In other words, it needs to be established that but for the error on the part of the doctors(s)/hospital(s)/dentist(s) the injury/poor result would not have occurred. If this cannot be proven, there is no case in Medical/Dental Negligence.

Statute of Limitations/Time Limits in Medical Negligence

It is important to note the law in relation to the Statute of Limitations (time limits) within which a case can be taken is two years from the date of the accident/ injury. In the case of persons with intellectual impairment or in the case of Minors (persons under the age of 18 years) the time limits are extended by the legislation. There is also an allowance made by the law for those who did not have knowledge of the wrongdoing (or alternatively that the person did not have knowledge that the wrongdoing caused the injury) and in these circumstances, the time may be extended. For further advice on these issues, you are strongly advised to contact a member of our team immediately in order to ascertain what the specific time limits are in your case.

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 -4275673 or [email protected] if you would like more information.

* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.


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