Medical negligence law



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

Pat Daly: It is time to abandon the farce of settling cases without an admission of liability

Pat Daly, partner at Cantillons Solicitors in Cork, writes on settlements without admission of liability in medical negligence cases.

Published 18 June 2019

Supreme Court: Man who lost medical negligence case loses appeal against unusually high medical expert fees

A man who complained that the medical expert fees included in the bill of costs of the hospital and consultant in his medical negligence claim were so unusually high as to indicate a conflict of interest has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court.

Published 6 June 2019

Supreme Court: Hospital loses appeal against finding that limitation period began when medical report was furnished

A hospital has lost an appeal against the finding that the two-year limitation period for issuing personal injury proceedings began when the plaintiff received a doctor’s medical report based on hospital records – not when he was informed in the weeks after his surgery that he had contracted MRSA.

Published 24 May 2019

Legislation to establish independent CervicalCheck tribunal moves forward

Legislation to implement the recommendations of High Court judge Mr Justice Charles Meenan on alternatives to court for claims arising from the CervicalCheck scandal has taken a major step forward.

Published 2 May 2019

Ms Justice O'Hanlon to speak at charity CPD on childbirth injuries

Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon is set to join a range of speakers at a charity CPD event raising money for Nurture Health.

Published 29 March 2019

Mr Justice Meenan to explore case for Medical Injuries Assessment Board

An expert group chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan has said it will explore the possible establishment of a Medical Injuries Assessment Board along the lines of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

Published 11 March 2019