Medical Negligence Solicitors
O’Hanrahan Lally D’Alton LLP Solicitors have been acting on behalf of Plaintiffs in medical negligence actions for many years. We have acted in proceedings involving cancer misdiagnosis, cerebral palsy births, birth injuries, negligent medical treatment and dental negligence cases. If you believe that you have been injured or suffered loss that was due to inadequate medical treatment received from a doctor, consultant, hospital or dentist then you may be entitled to compensation.
As with all litigation cases heavy reliance is placed on expert reports. In a medical negligence action, it is the usual course for all medical records relevant to a claim to be obtained. These records are then furnished to a medical expert for his/her consideration. Usually such medical experts are based in the United Kingdom and it is their task to review the medical records and to then produce a report as to the standard of medical care provided.
This expert report will generally be able to determine if negligence can be established against the doctor and/or the hospital in question. It is therefore very difficult to advise on the strength of one’s case in a medical negligence action until such time as we have this expert’s report to hand.
Medical Negligence F.A.Q.
Medical Negligence is concerned with the negligent treatment of a patient by a healthcare professional. It arises in circumstances where a healthcare professional either acts or fails to act and in doing so deviates from an accepted standard of practice within the medical profession and in doing so causes injury or loss to the patient.
Medical professionals such as doctors, clinicians, consultants, surgeons, radiologists, dentists, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, therapists, midwives, nurses, anaesthetists, pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners all have a duty of care to you as a patient to provide you with an acceptable standard of care. If they have not you may be entitled to damages.
The first step is to contact us and we will arrange a consultation with you to discuss your case. If we believe you may have received negligent medical treatment we will take up your medical notes in order to obtain an expert medical opinion regarding the medical treatment complained of.
An independent medical opinion is going to be necessary in order to identify whether the treatment or procedure complained of fell below the standard expected. In addition, the courts have held that medical negligence claims must be founded on expert medical opinion and accordingly it is necessary to procure a medical-legal report before issuing legal proceedings.
Medical Negligence cases are often complex and can take time to fully resolve. Much depends on the type of harm suffered and the expected recovery as well as the type of alleged negligent treatment. It can also take time to take up the relevant medical notes and for the expert to review the notes and prepare a report. At your first consultation we will discuss with you the process involved and the estimated timeframe.