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  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