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Can I Take a Personal Injuries Claim for Work-Related Stress?

23 Apr 2020

‘Yes’ is the short answer – but it’s a little more complicated than that. Our work life has changed drastically over the last decade. Whilst the advancements in technology and the advent of broadband is largely welcomed, the level of connectivity it has created today’s society has made it difficult for some to have a life away from work. This aspect of today’s society is further exacerbated by the growth of globalisation which encourages companies to provide a 24/7 service to their clients and customers resulting in long hours, unrealistic targets and a culture of expectation – the effects of…

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Personal Injury Litigation – 5 Points To Note Before Making A Claim

22 Apr 2020

Starting a personal injuries claim can be daunting. Here are a number of things you should bear in mind to help you along the way. 1. Time limits Personal injuries claims are subject to time limits and if an injured party does not bring their claim within these time limits, they can become ‘statute barred’. Although an injured party is not technically prohibited from bringing a claim after these time limits have been reached, it does mean that a court might be prohibited from making an award for damages. Generally speaking, a personal injury claim must be made within 2…

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Legal Update: Divorce Living Apart Requirement Reduced to 2 Years

21 Apr 2020

On the 1st December 2019, legislation reducing the requirement for spouses to live apart for a period of four years during the previous five before they can be granted a divorce commenced. This change, brought about by a referendum on Divorce in which an overwhelming percentage of the population voted in favour, reduces the minimum living-apart period specified in the Family Law Divorce Act 1996 to two years during the previous three years. Particularly welcome, and no doubt a huge relief to the many couples, is the provision within the legislation that provides for Judicial Separation applications currently before the…

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The 4 Most Common Personal Injuries Claims in Ireland

20 Apr 2020

If you’ve suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, seeking the advice of professionals is always the best choice. What are the most common personal injury claims in Ireland and how can you secure the compensation you are entitled to? 1. Road traffic accident claims Road traffic accident claims are those that arise when a person is injured on our roads. The most common forms of injury in this jurisdiction, road traffic accidents come in all forms and include accidents that occur to all types of road users – from pedestrians to truck drivers. Due to the…

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4 Simple Steps To Help You Win Your Unfair Dismissal Case

30 Mar 2020

If your employer has dismissed you from your employment and fair procedures have not been followed, you may bring a claim for unfair dismissal. As a team of unfair dismissal solicitors, there are a number of simple steps to help you win your case. 1. Keep detailed records You should keep detailed records of EVERYTHING in relation to your employment and dismissal. This will help your solicitor to understand and prepare your case and will also act as an aide memoire when the case goes to hearing. Such information might include: A timeline of events leading up to your dismissal….

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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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