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Medico-legal: Public and Private 

“a wealth of experience” Chambers Europe (2020)

“The RDJ team have in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry and great insight into the operations of the hospital sector” The Legal 500 (2020)

We have represented parties in some of the most high-profile and complex healthcare litigation cases in Ireland.

Our team are the preferred choice to provide frontline legal advice to hospitals in the defence of public and private indemnified clinical negligence claims and have decades of experience acting for the private and public healthcare sector in Ireland, including statutory bodies, health insurers, healthcare operations, hospitals, medical practitioners and allied health professionals. 

We support:

  • Public and private hospitals. Having advised some of the most high-profile and complex healthcare litigation cases in Ireland, our team are the preferred choice to provide frontline legal advice to hospitals in the defence of public and private indemnified clinical negligence claims. We also continue to act on high-value transactions and developments, for example we recently advised Europe's largest private healthcare provider on a €77 million major capital expansion project at its Cork hospital.
  • Health insurers and indemnifiers RDJ uniquely act for both the Irish State Claims Agency Clinical Indemnity Scheme (which covers the provision of public healthcare) and on behalf of leading private healthcare providers in the Irish State and their insurers/indemnifying bodies. As part of our service we also provide advices in relation Inquests/Professional Regulation Inquiries/HSE Inquiries/Commissions of Investigation.
  • State Agencies: RDJ Healthcare also provides advices to various branches of the Irish Government to include the HSE, the office of the Ombudsman for Children and Local Government.
  • Nursing home facilities. Through our historical representation of nursing homes, our teams are very familiar with the medico-legal, regulatory and legislative framework in which nursing homes operate.
  • Primary care centers (PCC) We were advisors to Ireland's first PCC. Our innovative approach to the HSE documentation has been adopted by PCC centers nationwide.
  • Pharmacies. We offer an in-depth knowledge into the pharmacy sector having advised on several significant acquisitions and disposals.

Our services:

  • clinical indemnity claims
  • employment
  • ethical issues
  • inquests
  • mental health issues
  • patients rights
  • professional conduct
  • risk management
  • reputation management
  • work permits/employee mobility

Our healthcare team is led by Padraic Brennan who practices in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department specialising in defence litigation, medical negligence, professional indemnity. Padraic has spent many years representing healthcare clients such as the Western Health Board and thereafter the Health Service Executive, the State Claims Agency and IPB.

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