Property Lease

Know Your Property Rights?

A business tenant that wants to move premises (or just stop trading from them) may have several options to choose from, and should consider getting professional help when deciding which option is best and their negotiating strategy. Break clauses They may be able to use a break clause in their lease to end it. Break…

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New Parental Leave -Changes to the employment law 2019

Employers are now preparing for changes to parental leave law later in 2019 which will allow more employees to take parental leave and for longer, and entitle them to be paid parental benefit for part of that leave. The law at the moment says that each parent (or person acting as a parent) of a…

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Maternity Ward

Mother who lost baby tells court €25,394 for wrongful death ‘derisory’

Judge says points raised by woman were political and should form no part of an affidavit A grieving mother, who lost her baby son 15 days after his birth in Sligo University Hospital almost seven years ago, has told a court she and her partner considered the statutory compensation limit of €25,394 then in force…

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Highest Rate of MRSA in Europe

Late last week, it was reported that a Cork hospital had lost a Supreme Court decision to prevent a man from suing over claims that he had contracted an MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infection during surgery. The appeal from the Bon Secours hospital argued that the man’s claim was outside the two-year statutory limit for…

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Case Over Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot Settled in High Court

With one in four people around the world dying from conditions caused by blood clots, a timely diagnosis of its symptoms is crucial for life-saving treatment.  A recent case was settled by the High Court on undisclosed terms after a man died in hospital from a blood clot. The wife of the deceased man, 71…

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Damages of €72k for mother and daughter after rear-ending collision

A mother and daughter from the south-east of the country have been awarded combined damages of over €72,000 after they sustained injuries when a car in which they were travelling rear-ended another car on a crowded town-centre street. The mother and daughter, aged 59 and 79 respectively, suffered soft tissue injuries in the collision in…

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insurance claims

Medical Negligence Pay-outs Soar to Over Half a Billion Euro in Last Two Years

New figures released by Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have revealed that the amount of damages paid out by the State Claims Agency in relation to medical negligence cases has soared to a staggering €268.45 million in the last two years. This total figure represents a 7.5% increase of €18.6 million for 2018, compared to…

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medical misadventure

€5million damages for boy after alleged skull fracture at birth

A nine-year-old boy who allegedly suffered a fractured skull during his birth and was left with cerebral palsy has settled his claim against the HSE for €5million at the High Court. The boy, from the south of the country, sued the HSE through his mother for medical negligence over the circumstances of his birth in…

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Employee references that omit answers and explanations can mean the employer lands in legal hot water

Employers should ensure that references they give which go beyond the basics, are true, accurate and fair and that omitting answers or failing to provide an explanation of information given is not misleading, or risk employment law (and other) claims. In one case an employee of 8 years’ standing was made redundant. While employed he…

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Case Settled by Ex-Soldier Over Controversial Anti-Malaria Drug

An ex-soldier who retired from the Irish Defence Forces in 2013 has settled damages against the State, claiming several health issues as a result of being prescribed the controversial anti-malarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride, more commonly referred to as Lariam. The complainant was prescribed the drug while in Africa on various UN peacekeeping missions between 2001…

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