It is estimated that 15% of medical negligence claims filed in Ireland relate to negligent treatment received by patients while attending A & E Departments. Unfortunately, mistakes can occur while receiving treatment at an emergency room. The medical staff are invariably overworked and under extreme pressure. However, a mistake whether it is a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition or whether it amounts to incorrect treatment being given can have a devastating effect on a patient and his or her family. Where negligent medical treatment is received causing injury, loss and damage to the patient this may give rise to claim for compensation.
Negligent Medical Treatment
A negligence claim can arise where there is a failure to:
- Diagnose a condition or there is a misdiagnosis
- Properly review a patient’s medical history
- Investigate a problem further or refer a patient to a specialist
- Refer a patient for x-rays or scans
- Identify a fracture or properly treat a fracture
- Accurately carry out or interpret a blood test
- Properly treat a wound
Making a Claim*
The first step is to contact us for a consultation without delay. We will discuss your potential claim with you in detail and offer an immediate assessment. It will however be necessary to take up a copy of the hospital attendance records for review and engage an independent medical expert for the purposes of providing an expert opinion on the alleged negligent treatment. At that stage we will be in a position to advise you in more detail on the merits of your case and the prospects of success.
Unlike other personal injury claims, medical negligence claims do not go through the Injuries Board process before proceedings are issued. Strict time limits apply so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
If you wish to discuss a potential claim or would like advice on any matter, please Contact Us for a consultation.