Medical Negligence
Our group of 5 lawyers combines legal expertise with medical knowledge, built up over more than 30 years from our involvement in many landmark medical negligence cases.

Medical Negligence

We are passionate about what we do and we believe in putting our clients first. We achieve results through had work, a passion for excellence and a commitment to you, our client.

Our firm acted for the Plaintiff in the first ever successful birth injury/Cerebral Palsy action brought in this country against a maternity hospital. The case of Dunne (an infant) –v– The National Maternity Hospital 1989 was the landmark case which, after a Trial, an Appeal and a Re-Trial laid down and established the principles of medical negligence law to be applied to all cases of medical negligence and professional negligence before the Courts in this country. Over the past 30 years our group has been successful in literally hundreds of Medical Negligence actions for patients and their families.

Types of medical negligence claims

We are committed to and not afraid of fighting meritorious cases no matter how difficult and complex. We are interested in making a genuine difference to real people who need help and who have been injured by the deficiencies in our health system.

Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Claims
Cerebral Palsy is essentially a disorder of motor function caused by an acquired defect or injury to the developing brain. This disorder usually exhibits itself as abnormal muscle tone, contraction and strength. It is possible for the developing brain to be injured by different insults at different times and it is worth noting that only a small number of children found to have Cerebral Palsy will have this disability as a result of the negligent management of their mother’s pregnancy,...
A GP will generally have a life-long and trusted relationship with the patient and is most often the doctor to whom a patient first attends in order to assess a problem.
In the context of medical negligence litigation, acquired brain injuries refer to brain injuries which occur, but which could have been prevented or at least significantly reduced if competent medical care had been provided.
In the developed world as many as 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer at some point in their lifetime and this disease remains one of the greatest causes of mortality in the developed world.
Gynaecological injuries can occur during procedures such as hysterectomies, oophorectomies, laparoscopic salpingectomies and result in injuries such as bladder perforation, vesico-vaginal fistula, and perforated bowel.
Those who manufacture or administer medical products have clear responsibilities to patients - including a duty to ensure that their products will be effective and have as few side-effects as possible. When those responsibilities are neglected, defective medical equipment can have a serious impact on the lives of patients and their families.
A brachial plexus injury is an injury to a bundle of nerves contained in the neck. These nerves govern the movement of the arm and a brachial plexus injury will result in a neurological impairment in the arm otherwise known as erbs palsy. It has long term implications for child and parents alike as the damage is irreparable and will necessitate further surgical interventions as the child grows up together with long term aids and appliance needs.
Augustus Cullen Law has specialist knowledge and experience of cases involving eye surgery.  Advances in ophthalmic technology and laser eye surgery in particular have improved thousands of people’s eyesight in recent years.
These claims arise from improper care provided in an accident and emergency department. 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.
Where a person dies as a result of the wrongful act of another, in certain circumstances an action can be pursued against that wrongdoer. This type of action is known as a “Fatal Injury Action” and has a statutory basis in Part IV of the Civil Liability Act, 1961.
General medicine is the branch of medicine which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the internal organs. Physicians practising such medicine deal only with adults and seek to treat illnesses with methods other than surgery.
Dental treatment can be daunting and unpleasant.  Problems can arise during the course of this treatment which may be as a result of recognised complications or possibly caused as a result of negligence.
Despite the standard of surgery in Ireland being very high and the fact that there are certain risks associated with it, surgery can go wrong resulting in a patient being injured or even dying (see Fatal Injury Claims).
In Ireland on average one person every week sustains a spinal cord injury which can be as a result of medical negligence from treatment or surgery, a road traffic accident, or sporting injuries.
Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery which aims to improve one’s aesthetic appearance. Unfortunately, this is an area of medicine which lacks any proper regulation in Ireland.
Augustus Cullen Law LLP. are currently pursuing claims for substantial compensation for a large number of children and adults who developed narcolepsy shortly after being vaccinated with Pandemrix in response to the Swine flu (H1N1) virus.
Hospital Acquired Infections or Healthcare Associated Infections are defined as infections not present and without evidence of incubation at the time of admission to a healthcare setting.
Where a coroner is informed that the body of a deceased person is lying within his district, it shall be the duty of the coroner under law to hold an inquest in relation to the death of that person if he is of opinion that the death may have occurred in a violent or unnatural manner, or suddenly and from unknown causes.
The Courts in Ireland have long recognised that an injury can be suffered that results in a disorder of the mind as opposed to a physical manifestation. These injuries are often called psychiatric injuries or, more commonly, nervous shock type injuries. Examples of a nervous shock injury would be post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder or clinical depression. The Courts in Ireland recognise that a person is entitled to damages if it can be established that there was negligence on the...

What we can do for you

We do not promise a “quick fix”, or “flashy gimmicks”, or promise more than we can deliver but we do promise you, as our logo states “thoughtful clear advice”. We recognise that a medical accident has significant emotional and financial consequences for you and your family, and we will do everything we can to make the process run as smoothly as possible for you. 

We strongly believe that every victim of medical negligence is entitled to just as good, if not better, legal representation than that provided to the State, hospital boards and medical consultants.

Step 1

We believe proper access to justice is a fundamental right and not a privilege.

Step 2

We hope in all cases to obtain an explanation for what happened to you.

Step 3

We strive to hold the doctor or hospital accountable for their actions.

Step 4

Our aim is to secure proper compensation wherever appropriate.

Am I eligible for a medical negligence claim?

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If you have any questions or queries, please find our contact information below, or you can fill out our contact form.

Ready to help

Our team of medical negligence claim solicitors will do all they can to ensure that any mistakes made in your care and treatment are acknowledged, and that you receive the appropriate compensation.

Our group of 5 lawyers combines legal expertise with medical knowledge, built up over more than 30 years from our involvement in many challenging landmark cases.
Mary Ni Ghuairim
Mary Ni Ghuairim
Senior Associate
, Solicitor
Mary Ni Ghuairim
Senior Associate
, Solicitor
Mary works in our Medical Negligence Group and has been involved in a variety of medical claims involving Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries, Gynaecological and Obstetric Injuries, Oncology and Cancer Claims, Wrongful Death actions, General Surgical, Accident and Emergency Medicine, Nervous Shock Claims, Orthopaedic and Dental Claims.
Eoin Collins
Eoin Collins
Associate
, Solicitor
Eoin Collins
Associate
, Solicitor
Eoin is a solicitor in the Medical Negligence Department, with extensive experience of Plaintiff Personal Injuries and Medical Negligence litigation including claims involving birth injuries and cerebral palsy, oncology, surgical injuries and nervous shock claims.
Joice Carthy
Joice Carthy
Managing Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Joice Carthy
Managing Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Joice has extensive experience in the area of Plaintiff medical negligence and has successfully concluded many complex High Court actions in a variety of areas including Cerebral Palsy/birth injury, acquired brain injuries, gynaecology and obstetric injuries, oncology, spinal injuries and fatal injury claims/Inquests.
Neil-Kidd
Neil Kidd
Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Neil Kidd
Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Neil is a leading expert in all aspects of Medical Negligence litigation and has advised in countless successful actions. His clients value his practical, tactful and sensible approach in guiding them through the legal process after a traumatic medical experience.
JAMIE-HART
Jamie Hart
Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Jamie Hart
Partner
, Medical Negligence Group
Jamie is widely regarded as an expert in the management of complex medical negligence litigation He is regularly referred clients by other colleagues in firms across Ireland and the UK for practical advice on a wide variety of claims.

Success Stories

Medical Negligence
Augustus Cullen Law Succeed In Securing An Interim Settlement Of €1.3million In Cerebral Palsy Action

On the 19th of February 2013 Augustus Cullen Law succeeded in settling, on an Interim Award basis, a claim on behalf of a six year old girl who suffered from acute near-total asphyxia during labour as a result of placental abruption.  The Plaintiff alleged substandard care on behalf of the Midwifery and Obstetric Staff at the Defendant Hospital in failing to recognise the symptoms of an impending placental abruption when the Plaintiff’s mother attended Hospital on numerous earlier occasions.

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