Medical negligence law



Clinical and social care negligence costs increase to £32.8m

The Department of Health (DoH) paid £32.8 million on clinical and social care negligence cases in 2019/20, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year.

Published 28 May 2021

High Court: €990,000 settlement for boy suffering from narcolepsy due to swine flu vaccine

The High Court has refused an application to increase a compensation award for a boy who developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after receiving the swine flu vaccine. The court had previously approved the general terms of a settlement agreement in November 2020 between the boy and the defendants, but the issue of quantum was not finalised.

Published 1 March 2021

Law Society urges implementation of clinical negligence claims management review

The Law Society of Ireland has urged the government to implement the recommendations of a major review of the management of clinical negligence claims.

Published 19 February 2021

Karen Kearney: Defendants' experts – it is time to stop the whitewash

Karen Kearney, partner at Cantillons Solicitors, explores the issue of expert witnesses through the prism of a recent medical negligence case.

Published 12 January 2021

Marie Kinsella: Recommendations on management of clinical negligence claims are welcome

Marie Kinsella, partner at commercial law firm Philip Lee, welcomes a major review of the management of clinical negligence claims.

Published 8 January 2021

Solicitors welcome announcement of Epilim inquiry

Solicitors have welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the historical licensing and use of the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate (Epilim) in Ireland.

Published 25 November 2020

High Court: HSE’s application to set aside summons renewal rejected

The High Court has dismissed the HSE’s application to set aside an Order renewing a personal injuries summons.

Published 2 October 2020

High Court: Application to vary or vacate nurse’s suspension denied

The High Court has denied an application to vary or vacate a nurse’s suspension order.

Published 23 September 2020

Ed Madden BL: Medical Council sought to depart from a full public hearing

Ed Madden BL examines a recent High Court case in which the Medical Council applied for proceedings to take place either in camera or in an anonymised manner.

Published 15 September 2020

Flor McCarthy: Campaign for statements of truth in personal injury and medical negligence claims continues

Flor McCarthy, managing partner at McCarthy + Co Solicitors, explains that statements of truth have been introduced but will not yet be immediately available for use in personal injury and medical negligence claims.

Published 5 August 2020

Ms Justice Ann Power appointed as chair of CervicalCheck Tribunal

Ms Justice Ann Power, a serving judge of the Court of Appeal, has been appointed as chairperson of the CervicalCheck Tribunal.

Published 4 August 2020

Medical negligence lawyers launch new Co Wicklow firm

A pair of prominent medical negligence solicitors have launched a new specialist practice, Liston Flavin, in Co Wicklow.

Published 6 July 2020

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