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Medical Negligence In Ennis, Co Clare

19th September, 2017   No Comments

Compensation claims for medical negligence in Ireland have risen dramatically in recent years, and this has lead to aspersions that the Country is developing a compensation culture that encourages claims of this type.

Here at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, however, we believe that medical negligence is a serious problem in Ireland, and that the rise in claims should be a means by which areas of high risk are identified and addressed.

Medical Negligence Compensation Claims:

Medical negligence is the term used to describe any mistake made by a medical professional, including dentists, doctors, surgeons and other healthcare workers. Whether the mistake is made during a medical procedure or treatment, or it results from incorrect diagnosis, a patient who experiences such negligence may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

All medical professionals are bound by a code of conduct that establishes acceptable standards of care. Any care or treatment that falls below this standard can become the subject of a medical negligence case. Poor or inadequate treatment, or misdiagnosis, can lead to negative outcomes for a patient, including permanent injuries, psychological trauma or even death. To make a successful claim for medical negligence, the patient must prove that the negative outcomes he or she has suffered would not have occurred at the hands of a different medical professional.

How Can I Claim For Medical Negligence?

nurse-medical-negligence.jpg_Thumbnail0If you have experienced medical negligence, you should seek advice from an experienced solicitor who can advise you on how to proceed with a compensation claim. There are various things that you will need in order to claim, and these include:

  1. Your medical records. You will need to obtain a copy of your medical records, and it is your right to access these. However, some hospitals and clinics will make a small charge for the administration involved in the process of providing these to you.
  2. Your notes. You should keep a written record of everything that has happened in your case, including the details of the alleged medical negligence and any other appointments that are relevant. Your notes should include the times and dates of all appointments, and the names of everyone in attendance.
  3. Your identification. You will need to provide photographic identification in order to confirm your identity to make a medical negligence claim. This will usually be a passport or driving license, of which your solicitor may need to take a photocopy.

Find Medical Negligence Solicitors in Ennis And Clare

If you believe that you have experienced medical negligence, talk to our expert medical negligence solicitors to find out how we can help. We will listen to you and advise you on the best way to proceed with your case.

Contact S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors to discuss your situation, and we will arrange a free consultation without obligation. Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online, or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.


Personal Injury Claims: What Is A Pre-Medical Offer?

15th September, 2017   No Comments

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. If you do so, you may receive a pre-medical offer of compensation, which means that the insurance company offers a certain amount of compensation to settle this claim without gathering medical evidence.

Sometimes, people accept pre-medical offers so that they do not have to go through stressful legal proceedings, but such offers are rarely favourable for the claimant. Insurance companies aim to save money by making pre-medical offers, but most claims are likely to end with a much larger sum of compensation awarded.

Seek Advice Before Accepting A Pre-Medical Offer

Here at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we advise all of our clients to discuss their case with us before agreeing to accept a pre-medical offer. Accepting such an offer may work for you if you have experienced minor injuries that have healed completely, but most people will benefit from following through with the claims process.

The potential pitfalls of accepting a pre-medical offer include:

  • No further compensation. Any pre-medical offer that you accept will be assumed to be a full and final settlement of your case. If your injuries recur, or cause problems in the future, you will not be able to claim further compensation. If your injuries are serious or you are likely to need care in the longer term, you would be likely to receive a much greater sum of compensation by continuing with the claiming process.
  • No consideration of medical costs incurred. A pre-medical offer is made with regard to the initial presentation of your case, but will not take into account the specific injuries you have sustained or how these will affect your life. If your injury has impacted on your career or your personal life, you should pursue a complete investigation that can offer full compensation.
  • No provision for long term care or rehabilitation. Serious and ongoing injuries can have a huge effect on your life, and if you require rehabilitation or long term care, this will not be covered by a pre-medical offer. The compensation claim process will call upon medical experts to determine the likely impact that your injuries will have on your life, and the financial implications of this. A pre-medical offer is likely to dramatically undervalue this aspect of your claim, so it is inadvisable to accept such an offer in these circumstances.
  • No loss of earnings element. If you have to take time off work due to your injuries, these costs will be taken into account during the claim process. A pre-medical offer cannot consider loss of earnings incurre d due to your accident, so your solicitor will almost certainly advise you not to accept such a limited offer.

Find Experienced Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare

Here at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we specialise in compensation claims such as this, and we will be happy to talk to you about your case.

Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.


Workplace Harassment: Your Options

28th July, 2017   No Comments

All employers in this country are legally obliged to prevent harassment within the work place. However, cases of harassment still occur, and victims are therefore entitled to bring compensation claims against their employers to the Work Place Relations Commission (WRC) where they have the opportunity to prove that this legal protection has not been provided. (more…)


Time Limits May Affect Your Medical Negligence Claim

20th July, 2017   No Comments

The Statute of Limitations sets a two-year time limit on medical negligence cases, within which it is possible to make a claim for compensation. If legal proceedings are not commenced within this period, a claim will not be allowed, regardless of the injuries sustained. However, there are some circumstances in which there may be flexibility regarding this limit. (more…)


Should I Settle My Personal Injury Claim Early?

16th June, 2017   No Comments

Making a personal injury claim can be a challenging process, and it takes time.  It can be tempting to settle early if an insurance company offers what appears to be an attractive amount of money.  (more…)


Medical Negligence And Your GP

23rd May, 2017   No Comments

If the care and treatment you receive from your GP is below an acceptable standard you may be entitled to bring a claim for medical negligence against him/her.

All medical professionals in Ireland, including GPs, are bound by codes of conduct that regulate the standards of care that they must provide to their patients at all times. If a medical professional fails to meet these standards, the patient, or his or her family, may claim compensation for medical negligence. (more…)


MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE: THE DANGERS OF SEPSIS

22nd March, 2017   No Comments

What Is Sepsis?

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Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death of patients in intensive care units, and is the result of a massive immune system response to a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream. If caught early, sepsis can be treated effectively. However, if the condition is misdiagnosed, or if treatment is delayed, sepsis can lead to septic shock, major organ failure and death.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Road traffic accidents are very common and for most people involved in a minor accident, they are an unpleasant and inconvenient occurrence. However, for some, they can be a g

reat deal more serious, and this can be the case if there is a major accident, in which people are seriously injured or killed, or if there is any sort of accident in which the perpetrator does not stop.

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WHIPLASH COMPENSATION CLAIMS

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Whiplash is the term used to describe an injury that causes damage to the fragile ligaments and tendons in the neck. It is often sustained during car accidents, especially those that involve a rear shunt, and can cause lasting problems, with many people experiencing pain and discomfort for many months or years.

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COMPENSATIONS CLAIMS INVOLVING CHILDREN

14th February, 2017   No Comments

When children are injured it can be an extremely difficult time for their families.  If a child is injured in an accident which is not their fault they may be entitled to claim compensation.

An individual is considered to be a minor under Irish law until his or her eighteenth birthday, and it is not legally possible for minors to make a compensation claim in their own right. However, a parent or guardian, acting as ‘next friend’ in law, can represent their child and make a personal injury claim for compensation on his or her behalf.

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CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES: THE LAW

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Do you work on a construction site? Have you been injured in an accident that could have been prevented? If you feel that your employer has failed to observe their duty of care to you, and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation*.

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DO YOU SUFFER FROM WORK-RELATED BACK PAIN?

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Many people experience back pain on a daily basis, but most people don’t realise that if their back pain is being caused or contributed to by the failure of their employer to comply with Health and Safety legislation they may well be entitled to claim compensation (more…)


FATAL INJURY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Coping with an unexpected bereavement is deeply traumatic. If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence of another person or an institution there may be a case for a dependant to bring a fatal injury claim for compensation.

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HOW TO PROVE FAULT AFTER A ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Many people are involved in road traffic accidents every year in Ireland, and if you are one of these, you may be surprised to learn that you could receive compensation for an accident that isn’t your fault. Being able to establish blame in a road traffic accident is very important for the legal processes that follow, and it can help to reduce stress in the future if you follow simple protocol to make this as easy as possible.

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Cyclists in Road Traffic Accidents

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Cycling is a popular hobby and an environmentally friendly way to travel, but cyclists often find themselves at risk from other road users. Unfortunately, accidents involving cyclists are relatively common, and this is often because drivers are unaware of them on the roads, or are not observing correct protocols for driving near cyclists.

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