If you’re suffering from an illness or injury that was caused when being treated in the A&E Department, Sherwin O’Riordan’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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A&E Departments are high-pressured environments, providing a vital service in the most critical circumstances. Sub-standard care in an accident and emergency department can cause catastrophic injuries and mistakes made can have a devastating effect on the patient and his/ her family. The most common hospital medical negligence in Ireland occurs in Emergency Rooms and Accident and Emergency Departments, where doctors who may have no access to your medical records have to make hasty decisions in emergency situations. If you’re suffering from a subsequent injury or illness, caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence.
If you’ve suffered as a result of one of the following mistakes, you might be able to claim accident and emergency compensation:
Examples of these type of claims;
Medical negligence is an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and which causes injury to the patient. There are a number of ways that medical negligence can happen, such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes.
Contact a Solicitor
The first step in making a medical negligence claim is to seek the assistance of a solicitor who specialises in this area of law who will provide support and guidance and help determine if you have suffered due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.
It will be necessary for you to take up a copy of all medical records from your GP and any hospitals you have attended. Based on the medical expert’s opinion, your solicitor will prepare a medical report that details the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. This report will be used as evidence in your case.
Access your damages & Claims Letter
Expert consultants will help access your damages and your Solicitor will draft a letter of claim addressed to the involved parties. Special damages might include loss of earnings, both past and future, lost pension, the costs of care that you might need if you are severely injured, adaptations to your property to take account any loss of mobility, equipment, medical treatment and therapies, and any other financial losses which can be attributed to the negligence.
Your solicitor will then begin the process of settlement negotiations. Based on the reply from the involved medical practitioners, the claim can be settled either in court or out of court.
It is impossible to say that any particular case will resolve without the necessity of a court hearing. Every case is prepared on the basis that it is proceeding to a full trial however there may be an opportunity for mediation or settlement out of court.
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim. The general rule is that proceedings must be issued within two years of the date of the negligent act or two years from the date that you became aware that your illness or injuries caused by a third party. It is vital that proceedings are issued in advance of your statute date.
We help clients throughout Ireland with the Medical Negligence claims process. Our expert solicitors will ensure you get the compensation you’re due, allowing you to move on with your life without delay.
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