Ciarán Breen, chief executive of the State Claims Agency:  says the agency is concerned that legal payments to third parties are on the rise when its own legal costs are falling.   Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

Medical negligence lawyers are “subverting” a system for regular compensation payments to victims of catastrophic medical injuries by making excessiv(...)

Greville and Anne-Louise Miley, parents of Jude Miley, parents of Jude Miley, who suffered brain damage as a baby following routine surgery. They are taking an action on behalf of their son.Photograph:  Collins

One of the saddest sights in Irish health is of the parents of a catastrophically injured child emerging from court to explain how they had to fight f(...)

Last week the Medical Protection Society said large increases in the cost of cover, driven by high legal costs, were driving some doctors out of practice. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

The Bar Council has rejected claims that excessive legal costs are driving up the cost of medical indemnity and forcing doctors into emigration and r(...)

Kevin and Mary Conroy from Portlaoise leaving the High Court in Dublin after a settlement case in which they where awarded €2.6 million following errors around the birth of their daughter Róisín Conroy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I can’t put into words how devastating it is,” says Kevin Conroy, reflecting on the ordeal that came to an end on the steps of the Four Courts in Nov(...)

Two patients’ advocacy organisations will join in calling for “candour” from the HSE, hospitals and health professionals when facing up to cases of me(...)

Taxing master Declan O’Neill made his decision after the State Claims Agency contested the bill of costs in the case of a young girl with cerebral palsy who received €1.9 million last year in partial settlement of her High Court action over negligence in the treatment of her mother while pregnant.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The taxing master cut fees for lawyers in a medical negligence case by up to 50 per cent and ordered that the State should not have to cover the full (...)