We are pleased to announce the appointment of senior litigation solicitor and high profile cancer survivor, Nóirín O'Neill to our Medical Negligence department following her move to Belfast from a well-known firm in the Republic of Ireland.
Paschal O’Hare Solicitors’ Principal Solicitor, Patrick O’Hare said, “I am delighted to welcome Nóirín to our expanding medical negligence department. She is a very accomplished solicitor who has proven time and time again that she can meet any challenge that she’s faced with, personally or professionally.”
Ms O’Neill graduated from Trinity College Dublin and is qualified to practice law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We expect that that the senior solicitor will make good use of her vast experience with us. Nóirín is Ireland’s only solicitor to qualify as an Expert Patient in Medicines Research and Development through European Patients’ Academy in Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI). She has specialised in very high value complex catastrophic injury claims focusing on spinal and brain injury claims involving multi-million Euro settlements. She has further specialised in more specific areas such a birth related injury, cerebral palsy and erbs palsy.
At 30 years of age, Nóirín was diagnosed with a life threatening rare acute form of leukaemia which affects one in a million people in Europe. She had six months of aggressive chemotherapy and is now as good as cured. Her story has been told at the NI Blood Transfusion Service Gold Badge Awards, the View from the Top Series, the Annual NHS Conference, NI Rare Disease Partnership Conferences and in the British Medical Journal.
As a result of her experience, Nóirín is passionate about helping patients on their journey by representing them legally and investigating treatment and care received by them.
Nóirín added, “Negligent mistakes in healthcare settings are often the result of a combination of system failures and human errors. I am of the view that patients are a source of information about failures and gaps in the system and that through litigation and advocacy, visibility of an issue can be raised and action taken in order to prevent future mistakes.”
You can follow Nóirín on Twitter to stay updated on her patient advocacy work.