January 31, 2023
Healthcare law – a year in review.
Over the course of the last year, there have been many interesting judgements in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to healthcare and personal injury law....
Brain injury resulting from medical negligence can have serious and life-changing consequences for individuals affected and, in some cases, can be fatal.
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence, you may feel deeply concerned about what may happen in the future and you will likely have many unanswered questions.
At Lavelle Partners, we understand that brain injuries can cause great distress to both the injured individual and their loved ones who are trying to deal with the consequences. Families may struggle to cover the costs of everyday living and those associated with medical care, accommodation and travel to be with your loved one.
If the injury was directly due to the negligence of a medical professional, Lavelle Partners can assist you to determine if you can bring a claim against the negligent party for any damages incurred.
In the long term, people with brain injuries may fail to awaken, suffer the loss of motor movement or sensation, cognitive impairment, sensory impairment or damage to the autonomic nervous system which controls breathing and other vital bodily functions.
Whether the injury is minor or more severe in nature, the long term impact of damage to the brain can take a long time to become apparent. The extent of any outcome varies considerably from patient to patient because no two injuries are the same.
With modern approaches to treatment of brain injury, both in the acute phase and then in the rehabilitation period, patients now have the best possible chance of making a recovery.
At Lavelle Partners, we truly understand the implications of an acquired brain injury and have helped many clients who have been injured as a result of the negligent acts of a medical professional. We place the wider needs of our clients at the heart of what we do, providing support, guidance and legal expertise.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious head injury due to negligence, we are here to take the load off your shoulders as much as we can. Our team of brain injury solicitors will listen to the circumstances leading to the brain injury with the utmost empathy and patience and advise you on your options for seeking legal recourse.
There are many types of brain injury, including, but not limited to:
Brain injuries can be caused in a number of medical contexts, including (but not limited to):
Medical professionals have a duty of care to protect the health of patients, including taking care not to cause injury during the course of their work. Treatments, interventions and procedures should always be undertaken in such a way as to mitigate the possibility of brain damage. This means they must explain any risks to you before they proceed and defer to another more experienced medical professional if they are in any doubt.
To bring a claim for medical negligence relating to brain damage, it will be necessary to provide evidence that:
To prove your case, we will compile evidence including medical records and seek expert medical opinion.
Claims following brain damage due to medical negligence may cover two areas of loss:
It may be possible for someone to bring a claim on behalf of a loved one who does not have the mental capacity to bring a claim themselves. Expert advice should be sought from a brain injury solicitor to determine whether this applies to a specific situation.
For most brain injury claims in Ireland, there is a two-year time limit to claim. However, exceptions can apply depending on the circumstances, so it is important to speak to an expert for advice specific to individual situations.
By entrusting us to handle your brain injury claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important, your recovery and care or that of your family member or loved one.
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For further information on making a claim for brain injury resulting from medical negligence in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at email@example.com
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.
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