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Hard to find Solicitor for Medical Malpractice Case

Why is it so hard to get a solicitor to take on the medical profession for medical negligence’s cases? It is so expensive – we can’t afford it. This appears to be a cosy cartel. Please ask solicitor. Kilkenny listener.

Why is it so hard to get a solicitor to take on the medical profession for medical negligence’s cases?  It is so expensive – we can’t afford it.  This appears to be a cosy cartel.  Please ask solicitor.  Kilkenny listener.

Hello Kilkenny Listener. I have to say - No it’s not a cosy cartel.  In fact its quite the opposite.  Medical negligence claims are among the most highly specialised areas of the law and some law firms that deal only with medical negligence have nurses on staff to help with the medical terminology and hospital treatment charts.  Some lawyers had previous careers as doctors.  To illustrate how specialised it is – during the litigation of cases in the Hepatics C scandal one solicitor who had no medical background took it upon himself to study the Royal College of Surgeons course on the liver and liver and blood disorders.  He then sat the exam and asked a surgeon friend of his to privately correct it.  He passed. 

The real problem with the expenses involved in medical negligence is that the HSE will not own up to mistakes until the last possible minute.  They ask victims of medical malpractice to go through the hoops, bring the case to Court, go to all the expenses of getting doctors (sometimes from overseas) to sign off on the errors and then just before it comes to trial they settle the case.

 

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