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Accident & Emergency Claims

A&E (Accident & Emergency) injury claims usually arise where a doctor fails to diagnose a patient or makes the wrong diagnosis. They also regularly occur where there is a delay in diagnosis which in turn causes the patient’s condition to worsen or lessens the patient’s chances of survival/cure.

Nearly 2 million patients attend A&E Departments throughout Ireland each year. These departments suffer from overcrowding and the amount of patients left waiting on trolleys in emergency departments has risen by 26%. It is therefore not surprising that a large volume of medical negligence claims manifest themselves here. One of the most common complaints received by Synnott Lawline in this particular area of medical negligence is misdiagnosis. Many patients are sent home with the wrong diagnosis and/or the wrong medication.

If you have any legal questions or wish to start your claim, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated and experienced team of solicitors who will be more than happy to talk you through the whole process and answer any questions that you may have. You have two years from the date of your accident within which to make a claim after which time your case will become statute barred. Locall 1850 20 40 60, Tel: 01 453 7890 Email info@lawline.ie or fill out our call back form.

A recent example of one such complaint:

A lady in her early 20’s attended at an accident and emergency department complaining of severe pain in her lower back. This lady had a history of urinary tract infections. She was told by one of the A&E consultants that she had another infection and she was prescribed her usual medication. She told the consultant that this was not a urinary tract infection, that it was much more painful, and the pain was in a different area. The consultant again confirmed it was an infection and sent her home.

One week later this lady returned to the A&E department after losing feeling in her legs and still suffering with severe back pain. She was admitted to hospital and scans were carried out. It turned out that she had a large tumor which was pressing on her lower spine. This lady lost the use of her legs and is now confined to a wheelchair.

It was confirmed by medical experts that had this young lady been diagnosed when she first attended at A&E the tumor could have been removed and she would not have lost the ability to walk.

  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Failure to refer a patient for scans/x-rays
  • Failure to properly interpret results of scans/x-rays
  • Failure to order diagnostic tests
  • Failure to recognise symptoms of serious illness
  • Mixing up of medical charts
  • Failure to take note of allergies to medications