Joice Carthy

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Joice graduated from University of Limerick with a First Class Honours Degree in Law & European Studies in 1997 and then completed her L.L.M. in Queens College, Cambridge University in 1998. She joined the litigation department of Augustus Cullen Law in November 2002 and became a Partner in 2008. Joice has successfully concluded many complex High Court Plaintiff medical negligence actions in all areas of clinical and medical negligence litigation including claims relating to Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury, acquired brain injuries, gynaecological and obstetric injuries, oncology, Accident & Emergency, eye surgery, radiological negligence, spinal injuries, cosmetic surgery claims, GP negligence and fatal injury claims/Inquests.

Joice lectures and tutors regularly in Medical Law and Litigation at the Law Society on the professional practice course. Over the past 14 years Joice has practiced exclusively in the area of medical negligence and more recently has been primarily involved in catastrophic injury and birth injury cases. She has extensive experience of cases involving Interim Payment Orders in Ireland dating back to one of the earliest interim payments in a high value birth injury claim in May 2010. Joice has also handled very complex birth injury cases including those involving genetic and metabolic investigations by the Defendants.

Recent Cases of Note

Augustus Cullen Law secures €6 million lump sum payment for 20 year old Donegal Woman with Cerebral Palsy
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Barry v National Maternity Hospital
This birth injury claim, in which the minor Plaintiff was awarded very substantial damages, resulted in the first Judgment in this Jurisdiction on the issue of the calculation of damages for future accommodation for a catastrophically injured Plaintiff. The High Court Judgment was appealed by the Defendants to the Supreme Court, which handed down its Judgment on 13th July 2016 dismissing the Defendants Appeal.

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Augustus Cullen Law secures €2.4m interim payment for 7 year old Girl with Cerebral Palsy
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Augustus Cullen Law secures €11.6m payment for 14 year old Portlaoise Girl
In this case for a catastrophically injured young girl, Joice secured a total lump sum payment of €11.6m with a likely further uplift of additional damages of approximately €2.9m on the basis of the Court of Appeal’s Judgment in the case of Gill Russell (a minor) suing by his mother and next friend Karen Russell –v- Health Service Executive.
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Augustus Cullen Law secures €650,000 settlement for 7 year old Galway Boy
This case involved a severe brachial plexus injury to the Plaintiff’s anterior shoulder.  The case was very unusual on its facts and involved the relatively recent defence of maternal propulsive forces as being the cause of the child’s injury.
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Augustus Cullen Law secures €2.15m lump sum settlement for 7 year old Dublin Boy
Joice acted on behalf of Calum Taaffe in an unusual and complex birth injury claim where the Plaintiff’s condition was not typical for the alleged hypoxic ischaemic injury.  The Plaintiff was also diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum.
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Augustus Cullen Law secures €1.9m lump sum settlement for 8 year old boy with developmental delay & Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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Membership of Organisations

  • Member of Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Member of the Wicklow Solicitors Bar Association
  • Secretary of the Medical Injuries Alliance
  • Member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

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