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Medical Negligence Explained & the 4 Steps to Making a Claim

17 Dec 2019

A general tenet of Irish law is that we each owe a duty of care to those around us and that if we harm others, either by our acts or omissions, we can be liable under negligence. Doctors and medical professionals are no exception to this rule and are just as accountable for their mistakes as anybody else. When healthcare professionals fail in their duty of care, it’s called medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence or medical malpractice). Medical practitioners that have been attributed to medical negligence claims in the past include: GPs Doctors Nurses Lab Technicians Medical consultants…

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Know Your Rights – Defamation in the Age of Social Media

17 Dec 2019

The right to one’s good name and reputation is a long-established legal principle. However, in a say-whatever-you-want social media world, we discuss what your rights are and how you vindicate those rights if your reputation is unjustly attacked online. What is Defamation? The law of defamation is governed in Ireland by the Defamation Act 2009. This Act defines a defamatory statement as one which injures a person’s reputation in the eyes of reasonable people. However the Act doesn’t stop there. To be successful in proving defamation, it must be shown that the defamatory statement: was published; referred to the person…

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Legal Fees Explained – The Cost of Litigation in Ireland

17 Dec 2019

It will come as no surprise to readers that the most common questions we receive from our clients relates to litigation fees – What much does it cost? How do you calculate them? Who pays them? Unfortunately, there isn’t a short answer to these questions. The reality is that it depends entirely on a variety of aspects – ranging from the complexity and urgency of a case to the specialisation and skill of the legal team involved. We, at O’Brien Murphy Solicitors, understand that this can often cause confusion and frustration to those contemplating taking a case or those already…

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