Persons holding particular expertise will be expected to carry out their work to certain expected standards and so it should be. When they do not and when the outcome is less than could have been properly expected then there may well be an issue that needs addressing. How to go about this is where we come in.
What is important to make clear at the start is that not all unexpected or even poor outcomes can satisfy the legal requirements of the law of professional negligence. The fact that a person is left worse off after a surgical procedure, that a supporting wall has a crack you can put your hand through or a case before the Courts does not provide the victory hoped for does not mean that a Doctor, Architect or Lawyer will now be automatically accountable to the aggrieved Patient/Client.
What the law does is provide such persons with a means to enquire and find out about WHAT happened (in plain English) and ONLY if an independent report strongly critical of those actions from an expert within the same profession is obtained can legal action then be considered.
When consulted about such a matter it is the job of a Solicitor to obtain as much detail as possible,documentary and otherwise,identify and instruct an appropriate independent expert,apply the legal principles of the law of professional negligence to the opinion obtained and advise the Client(again in plain English!) as to where matters stand legally.It is well established in Irish law that a claim cannot be brought without such an independent report which is critical of the work carried out.
This is a complex area of law where experience,established relationships with professional experts and availability of resources are central in ensuring a Client receives comprehensive, knowledgeable and,particularly in this area, responsible advice.
Our dedicated department in this area with its very considerable caseload and long established reputation ensures the Client of such personalised,expert and efficient delivery of service .