Spinal cord injuries suffered by three people in Ireland a week

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries suffered by three people in Ireland a week

Research recently publish by Eimear Smith of the Mater Hospital shows that an average of three people a week sustain life-changing spinal cord injuries in Ireland. The research shows the cause of these injuries is either the result of degenerative disease (referred to as non-traumatic injury) or accidents* (referred to as traumatic injuries)

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Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Injuries

By far the most common cause of traumatic injury are accidental falls accounting for 55% of spinal cord injuries with partial paralysis the most common outcome. Road traffic accidents are the crashes are the next most common cause accounting for almost one-in-five traumatic spinal injuries. While accidental sporting injuries for more than one-in-ten. Males account for the majority of traumatic spinal cord injuries, with 72% of people suffering these horrific injuries being men. Non-traumatic injury occurs as a result of degenerative spinal diseases or secondary cancers affecting the spinal cord.

The research also shows that 40% of people who suffer from spinal cord injuries will walk again. However people are able to walk again are more likely to suffer from mental illness and 22% more likely to be living below the poverty line than those in a wheelchair. It also highlights the disgraceful situation currently pertaining in Ireland were people who sustain spinal cord injuries are not automatically entitled to a medical card

 

Spinal Injury Ireland’s Strategic Plan

The research underpins a new strategic plan for Spinal Injuries Ireland to provide one-to-one support to people with such horrific injuries. However Spinal Injuries Ireland’s resources are already under  huge pressure and this research indicates that the number of people using their services will increase from 2100 to 3600 by 2023. With Spinal Injuries Ireland only receiving 40% of their operational funding from the state this would mean they would need to increase their annual fundraising form €600,000 to €1.4 million.

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Given the serious and life altering consequence of spinal cord injuries you should seek the advice of a  solicitor if you are a loved one has suffered in such traumatic accident. For further information in relation to spinal cord injuries or speak to one of our expert personal injury* solicitors, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors on 045 897784 (Naas Office) or on  015255637 (Dublin office) or at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com or on Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of personal injury* you should consult with a solicitor who specialises in personal injury law*. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors and you, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

 

 

Depuy Spinal Implants Recall

Doctor looking at a spinal xray

The Medical Negligence team at Hanahoe and Hanahoe are being made increasingly aware of the dangers of defective medical devices (see our previous article) and the recent recall of the Depuy Spinal Implants further highlights the problem. It also puts into sharp focus the problems in Ireland with safety of the many medical devices used and the lack of appropriate oversight

Depuy Spinal Device Recall in the UK

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have recently issued a safety notice regarding the Depuy Synthes Spine’s Concorde Lift device which is used in spinal fusion surgery for people suffering from degenerative disc disease. Depuy Sythes Spine have now announced that the device is being recalled after a number of post-operative complaints were received. The manufacturers say patients who have received defective devices could be at risk for poor spine biomechanics, pain, reversible or irreversible spinal nerve injuries and malunion/non-union. Further use of the defective implants in the UK is to cease immediately. As of the date of writing this article we do not believe there have been any recall of this device in Ireland.

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Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors is an award winning law firm with a particular expertise is medical negligence and personal injury law. For further information in relation to an injury caused by a defective medical product or indeed any aspect of medical negligence or personal injury law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors at our Naas Office on 045 897784, at our Dublin office on 01 5255637 or at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com. or on Facebook.

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of medical negligence, you should contact us. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between you and Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors and you, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

Hanahoe and Hanahoe nominated as Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Law Firm of the Year

Personal Injury and Medical NegligenceHanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors were delighted to be nominated as Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Law Firm of the Year at this Irish Law Awards. Our firm is very proud of the all the hard work we have done over the years assisting countless numbers of clients who have suffered serious injuries as a result of accidents or medical negligence.  At Hanahoe and Hanahoe we take our responsibilities to our clients, the profession and the Court incredibly seriously. We are committed to continued development of our knowledge and expertise in all area’s of the law, but particularly in the areas of personal injury and medical negligence law*. We also strive to have the most update technologies and case management systems to ensure that we can provide our clients with the optimum service. We see this nomination for the this award as an acknowledgement  not only to our expertise in the areas of of personal injury and medical negligence law, but also of our commitment to our clients.

For further information in relation to personal injury or medical negligence claims please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors on 045 897784 (Naas Office) or on  015255637 (Dublin office) or at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com or on Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of personal injury or medical negligence law* you should consult with a solicitor who specialises in personal injury and medical negligence law*. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

Challenging A Parents Will – What Is A Section 117 Application?

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Challenging A Parents Will – What Is A Section 117 Application?

At Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors we have extensive experience acting for both the plaintiff and the defendant in cases contesting a parents Will. Such cases our brought under Section 117 of the 1965 Succession Act. But what are Section 117 Applications? A Section 117 Application, is an application brought before the Court by or on behalf of a child challenging the provisions made for them in their parents Will. The person bringing the application has to prove to the Court that the testator/parent “failed in their moral duty to make proper provision for the child in accordance with their means, whether by his will or otherwise.” If they Court accepts that proper provision has not been made, the Court can Order that such provision is made from the deceased Estate as they think is just.

When considering a Section 117 application, the Court must look at it from the “point of view of a prudent and just parent”. The Court must take into account the position that each of the testator’s (parent’s) children find themselves in and do what is fair and just not only to the child bring the application, but to the other children of the testator.

It is important to note that a Section 117 application must be made within six months of first taking a grant of representation, e.g. Grant of Probate, in the deceased’s estate. There is however no obligation on an executor to an estate to notify the children of their right to bring a Section 117 claim.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors at our Naas Office on 045 897784 or at our Dublin office at 015255637 or by email at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com or on Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of contesting a Will or Probate, you should contact us. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors and you, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

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1000 plus health episodes may have been caused by defective medical devices

Doctors inserting medical device

We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from clients in relation to defective medical devices and potential medical negligence actions*. According to a recent article in the Irish Times more than ‘1000 adverse health episodes that might have been caused by medical devices’ were reported in 2017 to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the body sanctioned to monitor medical devices in Ireland. Such defective medical devices can cause serious injuries to the person these products have been inserted into. The Irish Times goes to report that of the 1041 incidents reported 2017, the HPRA have concluded their investigations in 594 of the cases. In 156 of these 594 cases, the patient’s condition has been definitively linked to the medical device. In fact according to the Irish Times ‘Overall, 80 per cent of the 2017 cases, for which investigations have been concluded, were found to be incidents which were caused, directly or partly, by the medical device, or which led to the manufacturer taking some type of corrective action’.

 

Doctors inserting medical deviseTwo major concerns with the medical device industry is 1) that if a product receives the CE Mark, which is essentially the Quality Approval Stamp, in one EU member state, it can be marketed across the EU. And 2) Medical devices are often allowed on to the market without human trials.  Instead the manufactures monitors the devices after they have been released to the market for any potential problems. This is what is referred to in the industry as ‘post market surveillance’.  unlike other products, these devices are often inserted into a patient’s body, so if a fault is detected and the product needs to be recalled, the consequences can be severe. As we have seen from the Vaginal Mesh scandal, it can often be very difficult to remove these devices and the damage caused to patients can be devastating. The other difficulty is that these devices may have been inserted into countless patients, before any defect is realised. This is why you often see what amount to class actions in these types of cases.

So what do if I feel I have been adversely affected by such a device?

 

Your first port of call should be to seek immediate medical advice. You should then report the incident to the HPRA so they can investigate the matter.

 

Do I have a Medical Negligence* case if I have been injured by a Medical Device?

 

Potentially. The law is governed by the Liability for Defective Products Act 1991 and in order to sustain a claim, you must prove firstly that you were injured, secondly that the medical device was defective and thirdly that there is a causal relationship between the defected device and your injury.

Unlike other clinical negligence actions *your case will most likely be against the manufacturer of the device and not against the hospital or doctor who inserted it. As it not technically a medical negligence action, it will generally not be necessary to obtain an expert report about the care you received. It will however be necessary to obtain a report setting out the injuries you sustained and it may be necessary to obtain an expert report from and engineer to set out the defect in the device.

Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors is an award winning law firm with a particular expertise is medical negligence and personal injury law. *For further information in relation to an injury caused by a defective medical product or indeed any aspect of medical negligence or personal injury law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors at our Naas Office on 045 897784, at our Dublin office on 01 5255637 or at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com. or on Facebook.

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of medical negligence, you should contact us. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between you and Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors and you, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

 

Compensation for Victims of Workplace Robberies

Hanahoe and Hanahoe SolicitorsThe victims of workplace robberies can often suffer horrendous physical and psychological injuries injuries. Compensation for victims of work places robberies can be achieved in two ways. The first is the victim can make a claim under the ‘Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries* Criminally Inflicted’. The second is they can bring a Personal Injury Action*.

‘Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries* Criminally Inflicted’. The second is they can bring a Personal Injury Action*.

 

There are two major problems we see with bringing a claim under the ‘Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries* Criminally Inflicted’. The first is that the time limits are very tight. Three months form the date of the crime, save in exceptional circumstances. Secondly the scheme only pays the victims their out of pocket expenses and does not compensate them for the injuries they sustained. Further information on this scheme can be found  https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/justice/victims_of_crime/victims_and_compensation.html

Personal Injury Actions*

If you are seeking compensation for the injuries you sustained you need to bring a personal injury action. At Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors we have acted for a numerous employees who were victims in robberies. Often these clients suffer serious psychological and physical injuries. Thankfully in our experience the physical injuries victim’s suffer then to be relatively minor, however the psychological injuries can be long lasting.

The difficulty with these cases is who do you bring your personal injury action against? Invariable there is very little point in bringing a case against the perpetrator of the crime, as they will not be a mark for damages. This then raises the interesting question of whether employers are liable for injuries sustained by their employees as a result of the criminal activity of a third party.

Employers Obligations

Employers have a statutory duty to provide their employees with a safe place of work and while they cannot always prevent crimes from taking place there are certain actions and precautions they should take to ensure the safety of their employees. Employers should:

  1. If appropriate provide proper security staff
  2. Have a working CCTV and/or security system in place
  3. Ensure staff are trained so they know what to do in a robbery type situation
  4. Ensure that staff are not left alone at their place of work

What should you do if you have sustained injuries in a robbery

If you have been the victim of a robbery at work you should:

  1. Immediately report the matter to an Garda Siochana
  2. Advise your employer of the incident and fill out an incident report form
  3. If you have suffered either physically or psychologically injures you should go and see your Doctor immediately
  4. Speak to a solicitor who specialise in Personal Injury Law*

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors at our Naas Office on 045 897784 or at or Dublin office at 015255637 or at info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com or on our facebook page 

For further information on work place accidents* on our main website.

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have any queries in relation to this or any other aspect of personal injury law,* you should contact us. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors and you, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

 

 

 

Roszczenia związane z nadmiernym podnoszeniem w miejscu pracy *

My w kancelarii „Hanahoe i Hanahoe” jesteśmy specjalistami w zakresie odszkodowań za szkody osobowe* i z powodzeniem reprezentowaliśmy już ogromną liczbę pracowników, którzy doznali poważnych obrażeń w wyniku nadmiernego i nieuzasadnionego podnoszenia, wymaganego w pracy. Nasi klienci często poddawani są dużej presji czasu oraz otrzymują zadania nierealne do wykonania i nie są w stanie wykonać wymaganego od nich podnoszenia w bezpieczny sposób. Takie warunki mogą prowadzić do poważnych urazów kręgosłupa. Obrażenia te mogą być wynikiem jednorazowego wypadku lub powtarzających się obrażeń wywołanych napięciem spowodowanym podnoszeniem o charakterze ciągłym, do wykonywania którego pracownik jest zobowiązany.

Zgodnie z Ustawą o Bezpieczeństwie, Zdrowiu i Opiece Społecznej z 2005 r. pracodawcy mają obowiązek zapewnić swoim pracownikom bezpieczny system pracy oraz odpowiednie instrukcje, szkolenia i nadzór tak, aby ich pracownicy mogli bezpiecznie wykonywać swoją pracę. Większość pracodawców zapewnia swoim pracownikom szkolenia, lecz często mają one formę prostego ćwiczenia pisemnego polegającego na zaznaczeniu odpowiedniego pola lub też kładą nacisk na to, aby ich pracownicy wykonywali nierozsądne zadania,co prowadzi do tego, że nie mogą oni postępować zgodnie z wytycznymi szkolenia, które otrzymują.

W wielu przypadkach szkolenie, jakie otrzymują pracownicy, jest zupełnie nieadekwatne i nie ma związku z zadaniami, których wykonania wymaga się od nich w miejscu pracy. Zgodnie z art. 10 Ustawy o Bezpieczeństwie, Zdrowiu i Opiece Społecznej z 2005 r. pracodawca zobowiązany jest do zapewnienia szkoleń i instrukcji dotyczących określonego zadania, które pracownik ma wykonać. Pokazanie, jak podnosić karton, nie jest odpowiednim szkoleniem, jeżeli na hali fabrycznej wymagane jest podnoszenie ciężarów o znacznie różniącej się wielkości i opisie. Ważne jest również, aby szkolenia były prowadzone w języku zrozumiałym dla pracowników oraz aby pracownicy mogli zadawać pytania i byli zachęcani do zadawania pytań dotyczących dowolnego obszaru, którego nie rozumieją.

Co powinienem zrobić, jeżeli doznałem obrażeń z powodu nadmiernego podnoszenia, które muszę wykonywać w pracy?

1. Zgłoś swojemu pracodawcy incydent, który spowodował uraz.

2. Uzyskaj natychmiastową pomoc medyczną od swojego lekarza rodzinnego. Być może
będziesz musiał udać się do lekarza zakładowego, ale zanim to zrobisz, powinieneś
zasięgnąć porady.

3. Zanotuj, co się stało, wyszczególniając to, co podnosiłeś, gdy doznałeś urazu, gdzie
odnosiłeś, skąd i dokąd, i jaką ten ciężar miał wagę.

4. Jeśli są świadkowie zdarzenia, zapisz ich dane i, jeśli to konieczne, wykonuj zdjęcia.

5. Powinieneś skontaktować się z naszym biurem, aby umówić się na konsultację.

Często zadawane pytania

1. Czy mogę zostać zwolniony z pracy lub ukarany za wzięcie udziału w sprawie przeciwko mojemu pracodawcy o obrażenia ciała?
Krótka odpowiedź brzmi: NIE. Więcej informacji można znaleźć na naszym blogu.

2. Czy mogę zostać zwolniony za podanie pracodawcy o odszkodowanie powypadkowe w pracy? Krótka odpowiedż brzmi: NIE. Aby uzyskać więcej informacji, odwiedź nasz blog lub skontaktuj się z nami: 04587784 lub 015255637.

1. Czy będę mógł uzyskać poradę w języku polskim w kancelarii ‘Hanahoe i Hanahoe’?
Tak, mamy w biurze polskiego doradcę.

2. Czy będę musiał zapłacić za konsultację?
Nie. Hanahoe i Hanahoe chętnie doradzają wszystkim klientom, którzy doświadczyli obrażeń ciała. Pobieramy opłaty tylko wtedy, gdy twoja sprawa zostanie wygrana. Udzielimy również szczegółowych informacji podczas wstępnych konsultacji oraz w naszej wstępnej korespondencji na temat obowiązujących opłat.

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Ile powinienem podnosić w pracy i co uważam za nadmierne?

Ile powinienem podnosić w pracy i co uważam za nadmierne?

Adwokaci „Hanahoe i Hanahoe” są specjalistami w zakresie odszkodowań osobistych *. Przez lata z powodzeniem reprezentowaliśmy ogromną liczbę pracowników, którzy odnieśli poważne obrażenia w wyniku nadmiernego i nieuzasadnionego podnoszenia wymaganego w pracy. Co to jest nadmierne podnoszenie i jakie są racjonalne wymagania co do podnoszenia w pracy?

Większość pracowników przechodzi obecnie szkolenia w zakresie obsługi manualnej. Jednak często szkolenia te są nieodpowiednie lub ignorowane czy też niemożliwe do przeprowadzenia ze względu na obowiązki, jakie pracownicy muszą wykonywać w pracy.
W broszurze wydanej przez organ promujący zdrowie i bezpieczeństwo wydanej w 2005 r. “Wytyczne dotyczące zarządzania wykonywaniem czynności manualnych w miejscu pracy” wyraźnie określono zalecenia dotyczące wagi ciężarów, których mężczyźni i kobiety powinni z uzasadnionych powodów oczekiwać pracy. W przewodniku tym zaleca się, że mężczyźni powinni podnosić nie więcej niż 10 kg powyżej wysokości ramion. Na wysokości łokcia limit wynosi 25 kg. Limity te dotyczą tylko sytuacji, gdy jesteś w stanie podnieść przedmiot blisko ciała. Jeśli podczas podnoszenia musisz wyciągnąć ręce, powinieneś podnosić tylko 5 kg powyżej wysokości ramion i 15 kg na wysokości łokci. Wytyczne dla kobiet wynoszą 7 kg na wysokości ramion (3 kg, gdy ramiona są rozciągnięte) i 13 kg na wysokości łokci (7 kg, jeśli ramiona są rozciągnięte).
Podnoszenie ciężarów nad głową nie jest w ogóle uwzględniane przez przewodnik, ponieważ ryzyko spowodowania obrażeń przez pracownika jest uważane za zbyt duże. Zauważono również, że częste lub długotrwałe podnoszenie powyżej wysokości ramion jest szczególnie niebezpieczne. Przewodnik zaleca, aby pracownicy, którzy wykonują taką pracę, mieli częste przerwy na odpoczynek, a tempo pracy, do jakiego są zobowiązani, nie powinno być nadmierne.

Niestety, te wytyczne często są nie przestrzegane przez pracodawców i spotykamy wielu klientów, którzy odnieśli poważne obrażenia kręgosłupa w wyniku nadmiernego podnoszenia wymaganego w miejscu pracy.

W celu uzyskania dalszych informacji prosimy o kontakt z radcami „Hanahoe i Hanahoe” w naszym biurze w Naas pod numerem 045 897784 lub w biurze w Dublinie pod numerem 015255637 lub pod adresem info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com

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* W sprawach spornych adwokat nie może wymagać honorarium ani pobierać dodatkowych opłat będących procentem bądż częścią jakiejkolwiek nagrody lub ugody.