Module 1: 8.10 – 9.40am (1.5 General CPD Points)

Monday 2nd December 2019 = Seminar 1(a) in the Postal Booking Form

Monday 9th December 2019 = Seminar 1(b) in the Postal Booking Form

Personal Injuries – Medical Negligence Law

‘Fight Or Flight – Useful Points Of Practice For Plaintiffs’

Even within the already unpredictable world of negligence litigation, medical negligence actions have a unique potential to attract spiralling costs and uncertain outcomes.

Indeed, deciding whether or not to issue proceedings for medical negligence is itself a complex and expensive process.

While our focus in this talk will be on plaintiff actions, there will also be some key takeaways from a defence perspective. In this session, we’ll explore:

  • Key pointers for gearing up to a successful outcome
  • Key drivers of success/ failure
  • Recommendations on process and approach for practitioners
  • Common pitfalls and issues to watch out for
  • Trends and pipeline indicators potentially impacting this area


  • Initial Attendances – Educating clients from the ‘get go’ (defence assessments, costs, delays)
  • Records and Reports – Gathering what is already available and instructing necessary experts
  • Limitations – From statute barring to informed consents
  • Damages – Maximising heads of damage
  • Case Study – Birth & Birthing Injuries (shoulder dystocia, caesarean section)


Mark O’Hagan BL is a barrister who lives in Dublin and practices on the Eastern, Northern and Dublin Circuits. Mark advises on a wide range of both private and commercial matters including a variety of negligence based actions.’Hagan/6638.aspx