Medical Negligence*

Testicular Torsion Claims*

Testicular torsion is considered a medical emergency, as it involves the restriction of blood supply to the testicles. This can be caused by a number of factors. For children, it can occur in the womb before birth.

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Who are the Most Commonly Affected?

The commonly affected ages are boys between the age of 12 and 16. It can happen at any age and can also occur from strenuous exercise. In testicular torsion cases, the blood supply to the testicle is cut off. This is caused due to a twisting of the spermatic cord. This is the cord that supplies blood to the testicle.

If untreated or unresolved it can lead to the loss of the testicle. Testicular torsion is an extremely painful condition that has a sudden onset – hence why it should be treated immediately. You should contact your GP or immediately visit an Accident and Emergency Department as soon as possible if you are experiencing any symptoms. If testicular torsion is diagnosed on time and surgery is undertaken swiftly it is usually possible to save the affected testicle.

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On the other hand, if there is a delay in the diagnosis or in providing treatment it can mean that by the time the surgery has been carried out the affected testicle has become necrotic (dead tissue). The patient will require an orchiectomy which essentially means that the testicle is removed.

In medical negligence* cases, failure to diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a testicular torsion can have very serious implications. This may lead to the removal of the testicle as previously mentioned and may also affect fertility.

If treatment is rendered within six hours of the onset of the torsion, the testicle has an excellent chance of being saved. However, if twelve hours have passed the success rate drops to 50%. After 24 hours there is only a very small chance of saving the testicle.

Common Symptoms

  • Severe pain in the testicle
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Swollen scrotum
  • Vomiting

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For more information and a confidential discussion on your medical negligence claim*, call Paul Tracey, Head Medical Negligence Solicitor, on +353 1 649 9900 and tell him about your medical malpractice case or reach out via email to ask@traceysolicitors.ie and he can call you back.

How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist medical negligence* solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Speak with a solicitor

    If you feel that you were not provided with appropriate medical treatment whilst under the care of a medical professional which resulted in injury due to the actions or in-actions of a medical professional, then speaking with a medical negligence solicitor* following the injury is imperative. Medical negligence is a complex topic in Irish law. Speak to a medical negligence solicitor when bringing a claim forward. This ensures that no essential steps are missed throughout the legal process. Bringing a claim forward without having spoken to a solicitor can delay your claims procedure. A solicitor can help to determine your medical negligence time limit claim.

  2. Obtain medical records

    In order to make a claim*, it must be established and proven that the injury sustained was caused by the medical negligence* of the doctor or medical staff tasked with your medical care. Therefore, after having spoken with you about your case, your solicitor will then request access to your medical records. At this stage, the solicitor will have your medical records assessed by an independent medical expert. This will help determine whether a surgeon or medical staff who treated you had, in fact, administered substandard medical care and if negligence* was the cause of the injury and if your injuries/outcome could have been avoided if the appropriate level of medical care had been adhered to.

  3. Letter of Claim

    If the independent medical expert has concluded that medical negligence has occurred, then your solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim to the medical practitioner who treated you. A Letter of Claim will outline the nature of your case and invites the medical practitioner to settle your case. The next steps involved are heavily dependent on your case and response to your Letter of Claim and will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled outside of court. Your solicitor will be on hand every step of the way to guide you through this process.

At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated medical negligence solicitors* have years of experience in helping people deal with traumatic medical injury claims. We understand the injuries, both physically and emotionally, that you have suffered and have supported and helped many people in similar situations proceed with medical negligence claims* in Ireland over the past 30 years.

For more information and a confidential discussion on your medical injury claim, phone 01 649 9900 or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case, where you can speak with a member of our team straight away.

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Case Settlement

If you are to proceed with a medical negligence claim* you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses, you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.

General Damages

General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a medical negligence injury*.

Special Damages

Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the medical negligence injury*, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital) and future care costs. Learn more about Special Damages

What are the Legal Time Limits?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim vary depending on the situation. When taking into account how long medical negligence claims take, it is important to remember that medical negligence cases* require certain time frames in place within which you can bring a claim. For medical negligence claims* it is two years less a day following the date of the incident or two years less a day following the date that a person made the connection that their illness or injuries were a result of medical negligence*. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.

Medical Negligence* Involving Children

In an unfortunate incident where a child is subject to medical negligence*, the process of making a claim differs from that of an adult. A minor can bring a claim forward in the first two years following their 18th birthday.

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