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When: Jul 7, 14
Where: Medical negligence
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If you think you may have suffered injury as a result of what you believe to be medical negligence then time really is of the essence and you should act at the earliest opportunity by firstly instructing a solicitor who is experienced in the area of medical negligence.

Medical negligence is a specialised area of the law as these cases are, by their nature, extremely difficult. By instructing a litigation solicitor experienced in medical negligence work you will get the best advise as to whether you have a potential claim and, if so, you will be guided as to how to proceed. The time within which you have to institute a claim arising out of medical negligence is limited to two years from the date of injury or two years from the date of knowledge of the alleged medical negligence.

Medical negligence can arise in a number of settings, both clinical and hospital, and relates to the standard of care you received from the medical professionals who treated you whether they are doctors, nurses, dentists or other healthcare professionals. The consequences of the alleged negligence can be wide ranging from misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of illness to birth injury cases.

In order to establish a cause of action it is necessary to access the relevant medical notes and records and this can take many months. Once the notes and records are reviewed in detail by your solicitor a suitably qualified medical expert will be comprehensively instructed to prepare a report on causation and liability. This report is essential in order to assist in determining whether you have a case or not. It can also take many months to obtain such an expert report. Therefore, the two year time limit is quite restrictive in the circumstances and should not be taken lightly.

Anyone who has suffered as a result of medical negligence has experienced not only avoidable and unnecessary pain and suffering but has also been subjected to a devastating breach of trust. It can take some time to come to terms with this and to come to the realisation that you may need to take the advices of an experienced medical negligence solicitor. Once you have made the decision to seek legal advise you should act promptly as the time limits imposed by the Statute of Limitations are strictly enforced.

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