The Healthcare team at Carson McDowell is the leading provider of legal defence services to the private healthcare sector in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
At some time in their career, a medical professional may receive a civil claim for damages, from a current or former patient, who claims that they have caused them harm or personal injury due to poor clinical care or negligence. Some clinical negligence claims are speculative and can be resolved with a strong defence or mediation early, while others may take some considerable time to resolve.
Carson McDowell is a leader in the field of clinical negligence, with a dedicated team of clinical negligence solicitors advising on the defence and resolution of clinical negligence claims, management of complaints and serious incident investigations in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Our medical negligence team provides legal services to many healthcare professionals in the healthcare sector, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and opticians. Through our work with private clinics, healthcare providers, medical defence organisations, medical malpractice insurers and residential & domiciliary care homes, we understand the complexities of all areas of clinical practice and the challenges faced by practitioners and organisations daily.
We are adept at defending high-value clinical negligence claims. We recognise the importance of protecting reputations and minimising the impact of pre and post-litigation matters, including complaint handling, serious incident investigations and managing risk, as we guide our clients through the litigation process.
Our claims work is regularly undertaken in the following areas:-
Birth and catastrophic injuries;
Negligence claims across the full range of clinical disciplines;
Claims arising from cervical cancer and the use of vaginal mesh products; and
Fast tracked/expedited claims (relating to terminally ill patients).
Clinical errors are at times intertwined with a range of regulatory risks, which demand expert knowledge to manage and prepare an approach to potential disciplinary procedures, coroner’s inquests, criminal prosecutions and public inquiries. Therefore, our Clinical Negligence team works closely with our Regulatory and Professional Discipline team to provide a complete healthcare service offering.
Our work in this area is highly respected, not only within the legal profession, but also within the medical profession.
Management and Defence of Clinical Negligence/Medical Malpractice Claims on Behalf of Clinicians and their Medical Defence Organisations and Insurance Companies
Assisting with Investigations by the Commissioner of Complaints for Northern Ireland and the Office of the Ombudsman in Ireland
Responding to Pre-Action Letters
Advising on all Aspects of Litigation (from “cradle to grave”) in Relation to Evidence, Procedure and Claim Strategy/Resolution
Instructing Experts and Representing Clients at Court Hearings at all Stages of the Litigation Process
Negotiating Against Opposing Solicitors and Senior/Junior Counsel.
If you wish to discuss a Clinical Negligence claim or find out more about our team, please get in touch today.
Successful defence of two high value/ catastrophic birth injury claims on behalf of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
Defending various complicated periodontal claims.
Defending complex cervical cancer/vaginal mesh claims.
Defending urgent/fast tracked cancer claims.
Defending complex and high value spinal and quadriplegic claims.
Defending Fatal Injuries claims, including maternal deaths.
Defending cosmetic injury claims regarding Botox, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty surgery.
Advising on multi-party and cross jurisdictional claims.
Defending claims regarding sepsis / amputation / loss of limbs.
Defending high value and complex neurological claims.
— Chambers Europe
"Sinéad’s strengths include complex healthcare inquiries and investigations, and she demonstrates considerable knowledge and expertise in this area”.
— Chambers Europe
"Interviewees appreciate Sinéad Keavey’s personal involvement in cases and note that she “pays a lot of attention to detail”.
— The Legal 500
"Jacqueline McAleese is a thorough, excellent and incredibly hardworking solicitor. She is a pleasure to work with and for. She utilises a collaborative approach to solving problems arising during the course of litigation. She is smart and practical and a true people person”
— Chambers UK
"Roger is formidable and knowledgeable."
— Chambers UK
"Jacqueline McAleese goes above and behind and is attentive to detail. She would give you a very good technical solution and is brilliant at building good relations."
— Chambers UK
“Roger McMillan is technically astute and comes up with a cost-efficient strategy. He is good commercially and very user-friendly."