The nature of general surgery means that the number and variety of mistakes that can be made are wide ranging which may lead to a Hospital Negligence Claim.
We have come across basic mistakes such as leaving an instrument or swabs behind and also damaging an organ by accident during a surgical procedure. Unfortunately a common mistake is to mix up left and right.
Many of the body’s organs are doubled up as in the case of kidneys. Such a negligent mistake can be catastrophic and the patient is left in a far worse situation destroying healthy tissue and leaving the original problem unresolved. Please have a look at our Surgical Errors Page.
Almost inevitable, general surgical mistakes lead to additional unnecessary surgery and can, in extreme cases, lead to death. The damage can go unnoticed. Without proper aftercare the problem can get much worse. In these cases it is often the lack of decent aftercare or the reluctance to admit that a mistake was made that leads to negligent lack of action.
James McSweeney is one of Ireland’s leading Hospital Negligence Solicitors and has dealt with many high profile cases. Hospital Negligence and Clinical Negligence claims are probably the most difficult type of litigation cases to win.
James McSweeney Solicitors have years of experience representing Plaintiffs who have been injured or who have died as a result of Medical Negligence including cases involving:
Poor results from surgery/surgical errors
Damage to organs
Damage to nerves
Spinal Injury Claims
Failure to gain consent
Incorrect organ removal
Instruments /tissue/cloth not removed
Dirty instruments used
Misperscription / Medication errors
James and Emma specialise in Medical and Clinical Negligence claims. Many of the procedures that lead to claims under this heading are described by practitioners as “routine”. Unfortunately, the consequences of an accident in medical care are extremely serious.
Pursuing a Medical Negligence* case can be a very personal and lonely battle for everyone involved. We are known to be “on call” outside office hours to speak to our clients who are under stress and will make sure that that the best experts from Ireland, the UK and United States are available to bring your case to court.
We have a unique approach to Medical Negligence* Law. Unlike many Solicitors firms, we are completely independent of the Medical Profession. We have developed our own independent panel of medical experts in Ireland, the UK and the United States who only act for the plaintiff. Like us, they are completely victim focused. James and Emma have acted in many high profile cases, if you would like to discuss your case and compare it to the many cases that they have been involved in, please call for a consultation appointment.
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Thank you all so much for helping me through a difficult few years. You were always there at the end of the phone to explain the legal proceedings in a way that I could understand. I am grateful that my case settled and feel that I can now get on with my life. Thank you to Fiona for her patience!
James McSweeney has a special interest in Medical and Clinical Negligence* claims. Prior to setting up his own practice in 2007, James managed one of Ireland’s leading specialist Medical Negligence* and Personal Injury* firms. He has experience in all Courts from the District Court to the Supreme Court, including the Supreme Court case of Roche –v- Roche. This is, arguably, the most important legal case in the history of the Irish State. In his Judgement, the Chief Justice noted that the issues raised were… “profound and complex on novel aspects of birth, the right to life and reproductive rights”. This is the case that finally decided the status of the unborn in Irish Law.
James has been at the cutting edge of developing innovative and quicker ways of winning cases for victims of medical accidents. The systems he has developed enable his Clients to prosecute their cases with confidence.
Emma Meagher, from Boherlahan, Co Tipperary, has been appointed as Partner heading up the Women’s Medical Negligence Unit at James McSweeney Solicitors. Emma joined James McSweeney Solicitors in 2008. She quickly established herself as an invaluable member of the Team and is now recognised as one of Ireland’s leading Medical Negligence Solicitors.
Throughout her early years in the legal business, Emma developed and refined her keen interest in helping women who have suffered as a result of negligence during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a result, in 2015, Emma established a unique, mother-focused, legal advice unit and has built a support team with a wealth of interest and experience specialising in obstetrics and the Law.
Emma brings a professional and empathic approach to her work. She has regularly featured in various national publications and is consulted widely by media contributors on Medical Negligence Law.
A mother of two young boys, away from work Emma can be found most Saturday mornings watching football training at Wicklow Rovers and likes to spend afternoons with her family exploring the Wicklow countryside and beaches. She balances her busy work life with a love of cooking, literature, art and horse racing, especially flat racing.
Happy to give something back to the Community she finds the time to volunteer with the Free Legal Aid Board and also offers free legal advice to the London Irish Centre, Camden.
Emma Meagher is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, Irish Women’s Lawyers Association and the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland.
Adrina is a member of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives and has been a part of the James McSweeney Solicitors team for 10 years. Adrina works exclusively in the areas of Medical Negligence* and Personal Injury* litigation.
Adrina’s level of commitment to her clients and colleagues has earned her a reputation for hard work and attention to detail. Adrina liaises closely with clients and experts during the Injuries Board process, preparing cases for trial and also attending settlement discussions at the Four Courts. Adrina has had tremendous success in dealing with Infant Rulings before both the Circuit and High Courts.
Outside of working hours, Adrina is a keen equestrian and regularly partakes in competitions.
Fiona has been with James McSweeney Solicitors from the start (2007) and is an integral part of the practice. Fiona works closely with the Principal, James, working in the area of Medical Negligence* and Litigation*. Fiona also works closely with experts, preparing cases for trial. She is known to look after our Clients with care and compassion, making sure they are kept up to date on the progress of their cases from start to finish.
Avril works closely with Emma Meagher Solicitor and deals exclusively in the areas of Medical Negligence* and Personal Injury* litigation. Avril liaises closely with clients and experts, preparing cases for trial and also settlement negotiations.
Avril’s background is mainly based in Media and Public Relations but she reckons that the industry of live media and the unpredictability that affords has given her a great grounding for a career in the Legal Profession.
Megan joined James McSweeney Solicitors in 2018 after completing a B.A in English, Sociology & Politics. Megan works at reception and is the first point of contact when you contact our firm. Megan is extremely friendly and helpful to our clients. Megan also works closely with Rosaleen Downes in our Conveyancing Department as a legal assistant.