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Case Studies- Medical Negligence

You Know What I Mean…

Readers will have seen reference HERE to a plea in a medical negligence case as to the meaning of a “consent” signed by the patient (who was having an operation to make her sterile). In Fitzpatrick v National Maternity Hospital [2008] IEHC 62 the Defendant claimed that the mother (in labour) declined an episiotomy or a forceps-assisted birth (leading to the damage to the infant). The court rejected this plea, and rejected the evidence of the Defendant, intended to evidence […]

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The Outcome

Medical negligence litigation is unlike litigation generally. The cases throw up arguments about causation the like of which do not appear elsewhere.

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The Inquisitive Patient

The doctor should inform you of the treatment it is proposed to apply to you and clearly inform you of any risks associated with that treatment. The presumed outcome of that will be an “informed consent”.

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Doctor X

“The Bitter Pillâ€? by Doctor X is a small effort to improve the Irish hospital health system and, as such, is required reading by all interested and concerned persons.

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