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Running Time

Legal proceedings claiming compensation for personal injury (including injuries due to medical negligence) must commence within two years of the commencement of the running of time against the injured person.

When does time begin running?

It depends on the facts of the case.

The Irish Medical Council has published Guidelines to doctors that they may be convicted of medical malpractice if they are not open to the patient or the family of the patient in the event of error.

This is good. It is good for two reasons; firstly, the Council’s ruling (although not entirely selfless) will allow injured persons to access legal advice promptly after an error (and retrieve evidence before it is lost).

Secondly, the situation referred to in this earlier post of McGarr Solicitors can be avoided. The situation was one where, due to the deceit of a doctor, the Statute of Limitations did not begin to run against a patient until she could find out about the injury and the full, true, circumstances in which it was inflicted.