James McSweeney Solicitor specialises in the area of reproductive law. He has represented clients in the High Court and the Supreme Court in reproductive matters, most notably the case of Roche v. Roche .
There are many different types of fertility treatment available, from the use of fertility drugs to procedures such as IVF or ICSI. Undergoing fertility treatment is an incredibly stressful time for men and women. Time is of the essence for those undergoing treatment and, if things go wrong the effects of the negligence involved can be traumatic and final.
Reproductive medical negligence includes:
Inadequate note keeping, laboratory mix – ups etc
Surgery performed in a negligence manner
Loss of the sperm or eggs which have been extracted from the couple
The wrong sperm being injected into an egg
The implantation of embryos into the wrong woman
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
Inadequate screening of donor sperm
Embryos, sperm or eggs being accidently destroyed or damaged
We have a unique approach to Medical Negligence Law. 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 James has been involved in, please call for a consultation appointment.
What Our Clients Say
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!
To Emma and James, just a small note to thank you both for all your help and advice over the last 2 years. Apart from being extremely professional, more importantly you kept a personal empathic touch that make all the difference. I always felt assured to know that I had someone who cared working on my behalf. Adrina, thank you for keeping in touch so promptly along the way – it was great to know you were always on the end of the phone with my queries I had. Wishing you all continued success.
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 Legal Executive and joined our firm in 2008. She is a full member of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives (M.I.I.L.Ex). Adrina works closely with Emma Meagher Solicitor and deals exclusively in the areas of Medical Negligence* and Personal Injury* litigation.
Adrina deals specifically with the ruling process of minor Plaintiff claims and also liaises closely with clients and experts, preparing cases for trial and also settlement discussion.