Medical negligence law



Medics call for 'legal immunity' from civil liability during pandemic

Healthcare workers should be granted "immunity" from civil liability for medical negligence during the coronavirus pandemic, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has said.

Published 20 April 2020

High Court: HSE and St James’ Hospital application to set aside renewal of PI summons denied

The High Court has ruled against the Health Service Executive and St James’ Hospital Board in their application to set aside the renewal of a Personal Injury Summons granted by Mr Justice Anthony Barr in May 2019.

Published 16 April 2020

Eight new CervicalCheck lawsuits filed since Morrissey judgment

More than half a dozen new lawsuits have been filed in connection with the CervicalCheck scandal since the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the Morrissey case earlier this month.

Published 31 March 2020

Mary Hough: ‘Dunne’ principles remain the appropriate legal test for medical negligence in Ireland

Mary Hough, partner and head of healthcare at Hayes solicitors, explores the Supreme Court ruling reaffirming that the ‘Dunne’ principles remain the appropriate legal test for establishing liability in medical negligence litigation in Ireland.

Published 27 March 2020

Rebecca Conlon: Expert evidence and the Dunne principles

Rebecca Conlon, consultant in the healthcare team at Hayes solicitors, examines the recent High Court decision in Anne Marie Clifford v Heath Service Executive & Kerry General Hospital.

Published 23 March 2020

Supreme Court: HSE and labs’ appeal dismissed in Ruth Morrissey cervical smear case

The Health Service Executive, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, and Medlab Pathology Limited have lost a Supreme Court appeal against a High Court judgment in favour of Ruth Morrissey arising from the misreading of her cervical smear tests.

Published 20 March 2020

Row between medical negligence solicitors returns to court

A dispute arising out of the departure of well-known solicitors from a prominent law firm in 2018 has returned before the High Court.

Published 24 January 2020

England: NHS facing £4.3bn legal bill to settle medical negligence claims

NHS England is facing a legal bill of £4.3 billion to settle its outstanding medical negligence claims, according to new figures.

Published 23 January 2020

Lawyers hear from medical experts at Acquired Brain Injury conference

Claimant and defendant lawyers from across Ireland and Northern Ireland recently met in Dublin develop their understanding of the law on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Published 18 December 2019

Dr Rob Hendry: Six reforms will make real difference to management of clinical negligence cases

Dr Rob Hendry, medical director of the Medical Protection Society (MPS), sets out the medical profession's perspective on Mr Justice Charles Meenan's expert group on tort reform and the management of clinical negligence claims.

Published 13 December 2019

Bill proposes mandatory open disclosure of patient safety incidents

Proposed legislation providing for mandatory open disclosure of serious patient safety incidents has been published by Health Minister Simon Harris.

Published 5 December 2019

Time to tackle real barriers to open disclosure

The barriers to open disclosure must be addressed if an open culture in healthcare is to be achieved, according to a medical protection organisation.

Published 25 November 2019

England: Woman not told about father's Huntington's diagnosis brings landmark case on medical disclosure

A landmark case brought against three NHS trusts by a woman who was not told during her pregnancy that her father has Huntington's disease has begun in the High Court in London.

Published 20 November 2019

Ten firms paid over €18 million in legal costs in medical negligence cases last year

Over €18 million was paid out by the State Claims Agency (SCA) in legal costs to 10 law firms involved in medical negligence cases last year.

Published 7 November 2019

Birth injuries seminar to raise funds for children's charity

A one-day seminar on the legal and medical impact of birth injuries hosted by Augustus Cullen Law will raise funds for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.

Published 19 September 2019