John M Joy and Company recognise that medical practitioners act in the best interests of their patients and provide an excellent service in normal circumstances.
There are occasions however where medical personnel may be held guilt of negligence if the fail to act in accordance with the standards reasonably expected of them. The consequences of medical negligence can be catastrophic.
It is particularly important that clients are properly represented in cases involving maternity and obstetrics. A mistake in this field can result in lifelong consequences for mother and child. We have a team available to assess each individual case on its merits. No Proceedings will issues unless we have an opinion from a specialised Senior Counsel to the effect that negligence exists.
We do not involve in speculative Litigation in medical negligence cases.
In certain cases we are prepared to assist financially in progressing cases on the understanding that:
1. They will be successful.
2. Monies expended for expert or other witnesses will be refunded at the conclusion of the case
Significant substantial damages have been awarded to successful Plaintiff’s.
In August, 2010 Du Puy a US Conglomerate owned by Johnson and Johnson “recalled” some of its medical products. The recall included the Fu Puy ASR XL Ashtabula System and type of artificial human hip.
These hips were fitted to consumers in the course of major surgery in hospital.
Many of the hips were failing early and the patients were undergoing early, avoidable, difficult and dangerous revision surgery involving pain and suffering from the failed hips and the surgery.
Often the physical failure of the hip is itself preceded by the release of chromium and cobalt ions into the patient’s bloodstream, these come from the abrasion of one part of the hip on another, wearing down the metal surfaces and releasing them into the patient’s body causing as yet unproven side effects.
There have been many legal claims for compensation and costs against the Du Puy Conglomerate including in Ireland.
In the US many of the claims were consolidated and the Plaintiffs lawyers and the Defendants lawyers settled the cases for substantial damages. Provision has been made for the cases by Du Puy (reported to be billions of Dollars).
WHAT DO I DO?
It is important to note that there is a time limit on instituting Proceedings in cases like this. It is imperative that you consult with your Solicitor so that Proceedings can be taken immediately.
Du Puy have nominated Solicitors in Ireland to accept service of Proceedings and they have made provision for compensation for Plaintiffs who successfully claim against Du Puy or whom they agree to compensate.
It is reasonable to presume that Du Puy will settle such claims in Ireland. The settlements in the US were valued in Billions of Dollars.
John M Joy and Company have a team of Medical Experts and Professionals who are prepared to assess claims involving, Du Puy, Childbirth, Obstetrics or indeed general medical negligence.
We also have a team of highly qualified and specialist Senior Counsel who will advise on each individual case prior to the institution of Proceedings.
Contact John M Joy and Company Solicitors should you require any advice on the above.
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