A new book entitled ‘A Practical Guide to Medical Negligence Litigation’ by Michael Boylan, Head of Augustus Cullen Law’s medical negligence department, was launched on 10th March 2016. The publication provides a practical legal focus on the topic of medical negligence.

The law relating to medical negligence has developed significantly over the past 30 years with in excess of 900 High Court actions commenced annually seeking damages for medical or clinical negligence. However this seriously underrepresents the level of clinical/medical accidents and errors which occur yearly in our hospitals: studies indicate that as many as 8% of patients suffer an adverse outcome caused at least in part from substandard medical care.

The publication charts some of the most influential cases ever to be decided in this area including Supreme Court’s decision in Dunne v National Maternity Hospital [1989] and Eoin Dunne v The Coombe Hospital, where after a 45-day trial an interim award of €11.4M was secured.

The Hon Mr Justice Liam McKechnie, Judge of the Supreme Court describes the publication as: “A dynamic mix of the practical and the substantive, with the discursive treatment of the legal principles being at the highest insightful level. The author engages with the big issues reflecting current law and practice, but challenges in the process a number of the underlying principles.”

Explaining why he wrote the book, Michael explained: “In my 35 years of practice I have found that the same issues, challenges and problems continually arise. Confronting and solving these problems can often prove difficult as frequently complex legal issues concerning breach of duty, causation, remoteness of damage and the quantification of damages are in play. All of this against the background of trying to assimilate the key factual information, medical records, independent expert opinion and legal advice before the case becomes statute barred.

“The book is primarily directed towards practitioners considering taking on cases on behalf of injured patients as the writer believes there is often a significant skills deficit and disparity between the expertise that is invariably available on the defendant’s side and which is not always matched by similar expertise and experience on the patient’s side.”

‘A Practical Guide to Medical Negligence Litigation’ by Michael Boylan is published by Bloomsbury Professional, and was launched at a reception in The Sheds, Distillery Building by The Hon Mr Justice Liam McKechnie.

15 March 2016

    Gillian and all at Augustus Cullen Law, A million thanks for a great job done. Justice for our son at last!!

    Catherine, Liam & William

    Dear Michael, A great result was achieved because of your efforts and we were truly blessed to have you on our side.

    Kathleen, Medical Negligence Client

    Dear Joice…you are and have been very professional, sympathetic and dignified in all of your dealings with us and I put that down to one simple fact. You listened.

    James, Medical Negligence Client

    Geraldine, Thank you most sincerely for all your hard work and commitment to these children.

    Freda McKittrick, Head of Barnardos Beacon Guardian Ad Litem service

    Neil is an absolute gentleman to deal with – kind, tactful and very efficient. We could not praise him highly enough. He brought us through a horrible time.

    Sean, Medical Negligence Client

    Many thanks again for a job well done. We really appreciate all your hard work and practical advice.

    Corporate client in a commercial litigation matter

    Dear Jamie, You and your team in ACL were so professional, diligent and prompt. I have recommended you and the firm, and will continue to do so

    Lorraine McCarthy

    Gus Cullen and the firm’s approach to addressing the key issues was professional, yet personal, efficient yet attentive.


    The process is a difficult one and when you deal with people who are so professional and yet genuine/real people, it makes it so much easier... so thanks a million.


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