22/05/2018 0 Comments
What Constitutes as Medical Negligence? – Flanagan & Co
Medical negligence; it’s a term we often hear in relation to personal injury. In Ireland, all medical negligence cases are heard in Dublin. Last year alone, a record €248.88m was paid out to victims.
Still the question persists, what actually constitutes as medical negligence? Due to the diversity of medical treatments available in modern hospitals, medical malpractice can take on a variety of guises. Below we will discuss some of the most common reasons for a victim seeking legal support in regards to suspected medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical specialists are duty bound to provide patients with a reliable diagnosis. They also have a responsibility to communicate the possible side-effects and risks associated with recommended treatments. Medical Malpractice cases relating to a medical specialist can include:
- Failure by the specialists to diagnose and treat a serious illness like a heart attack, meningitis, HIV or cancer
- Failure by the specialist to diagnose or treat a serious mental condition like dementia or depression
- A failure by the specialist to warn the client about the specific risks associated with a particular treatment.
Who is liable in medical Negligence Case?
Liability in medical negligence cases isn’t strictly limited to doctors and surgeons. A medical negligence case can be brought against family doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, opticians, Accident and Emergency staff, pharmacists, midwives, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, heart surgeons, cancer specialists, and just about anyone who treats a patient in a medical setting.
What to Do If You have been the victim of Medical Negligence
If you feel that you have been the victim of medical negligence it’s important to seek independent medical advice immediately. You should also get in contact with a specialist personal injury solicitor. From here, you should get as much information as you need to make an informed decision on how best to move forward.
To summarise: medical negligence can be defined as the act or omission by a medical practitioner that doesn’t comply with the standard medical protocol.
If you require further information in regards to medical negligence, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our offices.
Flanagan & Co
Medical Negligence Solicitor Dublin
The Stoneworks Ballyedmonduff Road, Stepaside, Dublin 18
Also at 4B Tower Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
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