Key Areas You Need To Focus On When Preparing For Medical Litigation Cases

Date: 29th January 2018

The healthcare sector is experiencing increased volume and variety of legal cases being brought and for practitioners working in this area. This one day training course will provide highly informative and practical tips on what you need to do to prepare for Medical Litigation cases. With a view to instilling effective case management principles, participants will gain a good understanding of the legal processes and what is required at each stage to better ensure positive outcomes for all involved.

This one day intensive training course is aimed at anyone who may be involved in medical litigation or who wants to gain a better understanding of the legal processes involved in bringing a case to fruition.

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Participants will learn about key legal concepts such as legal privilege over documents, the various stages of litigation including pre-trial preparation of documents, the need for expert reports and discovery. We will also cover the HSE obligations pursuant to Open Disclosure policies and the steps necessary when dealing with issues in the early stages of a potential legal complaint.

The wider aim of the course is to enable participants understand their role in litigation and how their correspondence and documents can be used to best protect their clients and themselves in medical cases. Key skills and pre-trial measures will be discussed with a focus on effective communication when dealing with difficult medical/legal concepts. Lastly, this course is open to a wide range of individuals and we encourage interactive dialogue in all our training. To achieve this, we finish the day with a designated session where participants can raise specific issues (without divulging legally sensitive facts) to put in context the topics that have been covered earlier in the day. The group discussion will be led by the trainer, Sarah Reid BL, who is an experienced legal practitioner in the field.

This is a must attend event for anyone involved in medical litigation and legal practitioners seeking to brush up on recent procedural developments before the Courts. In particular, solicitors, barristers, in-house lawyers or anyone working in a legal department who interacts with the HSE or other medical bodies.

At the end of the course, attendees will receive a full informative course pack to refer back to, and will gain 5 structured CPD hours.

  • Overview of medical litigation before the Courts: Time line of key stages, pre-trial preparation and discovery of documents.
  • Legal privilege once litigation is pending.
  • HSE obligations pursuant to the  national ‘Open Disclosure’ policies.
  • The role of witnesses (including expert testimony before the Courts).
  • Pre-trial measures you can take to prepare for hearing.
  • Recent procedural developments in the area.
  • Q&A Session

Sarah Reid, Barrister-at-Law & Author

Sarah Reid LLB, LLM, BL is a practicing barrister specialising in personal injury and medical negligence.

In recent years her area of specialisation has expanded to include the overlap between product liability laws, medical devices regulations and clinical negligence. In particular Sarah has focused her research on the defective PIP implants & DePuy recall of the ASR hip replacement system. Sarah is an associate legal expert with the Institute of Public Administration where she delivers specialised training in medical law, judicial review and courtroom skills to the public sector. She also lecturers Product liability law in Trinity College Dublin and is a guest lecturer in clinical negligence for the HSE & the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2015 Sarah was appointed as legal counsel to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

On completion, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate of Attendance as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.

This programme will be beneficial to all legal professionals, solicitors, barristers, consultants, government departments and semi-state agencies who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area.

Date, Time & Venue:

Date: 29th January 2018
Times: 9.30 am to 4.00pm
Venue: Apex Business Centre, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Dublin 18

Course Cost:

This course early bird rate is €395 normal rate is €495. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

Places are limited to ensure tutor / attendee interaction and therefore bookings are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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