Claims Against the HSE

Claims Against the HSE and Public Hospitals

In Ireland, public hospitals are funded by the HSE. While some public hospital are run by the HSE, some public hospitals are run by their own Board.

A compensation claim can be made against a public hospital, and in such cases the claim will either be against the HSE itself, or the Board of the hospital.

The HSE is as liable as any other healthcare provider when things go wrong.

Claims against the hse and public hospitals


Can you sue the HSE for Compensation?

Compensation claims which can be made against the HSE include, but are not limited to:


Who Can Make A Compensation Claim Against The HSE?

 Anyone injured or wronged by the HSE (its employees or agents) can bring a claim against the HSE. This includes patients and employees.

  1. Patient Claims

If a patient suffers an injury due to negligence at a public hospital, a compensation claim can be made against the HSE, or the board of the hospital, as the case may be. This claim could be in the form of a Medical Negligence Claim or a Hospital Negligence Claim.

A Medical Negligence Claim is a compensation claim made by a person who has been injured in error by a medical professional, private hospitals, public hospital and/or the HSE. For example, a claim of this type might be made against a doctor or a surgical team employed by the HSE or carrying out services on behalf of the HSE.

A Hospital Negligence Claim is a claim made against the hospital where the accident or incident occurred.

Common compensation claims brought against the HSE or public hospitals by patients include claims because of:

  • Negligence that resulted in the patient becoming ill.
  • Injuries caused by negligence or an accident.
  • Injuries caused at birth.
  • Patients being misdiagnosed or diagnosed late.


  1. Hospital Employee Claims

Healthcare workers employed by the HSE or a public hospital can make a compensation claim against the HSE or the board of the hospital if they have been injured in the workplace, as result of negligence.

Cantillons Solicitors have represented healthcare workers who have been injured in all sorts of circumstances, including:

  • Assaults by patients.
  • Injury caused by lifting patients.
  • Needle-stick injuries.
  • Slips or falls while at work.

Other employee claims can be brought if a HSE employee:

  • Is unfairly dismissed.
  • Becomes ill due to employer negligence.
  • Does not receive their basic rights as laid out in employment law.
  • Is injured.


How To Make A Claim Against The HSE

The first step for any claim type is to find a Solicitor.

If you are a patient who has suffered an injury due to medical negligence, at Cantillons Solicitors, we can advise you and represent you in respect of any claim against the HSE or a public hospital. See our medical negligence and Hospital negligence sections for more information.

We also advise and represent HSE employees who have been injured or were wronged during the course of their employment. See our Accident at Work and Employment Law sections for more information.

If you have suffered an injury whilst attending HSE or public hospital premises, then we can advise you and take proceedings on your behalf.  For example, if you have fallen in a HSE Hospital and suffered an injury we can represent you in your personal injury claim.


Contact Our HSE Claims Solicitors in Cork

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at Cork  +353 (0)21 -4275673 or Dublin +353 (0)1 264 1802 or email if you would like more information.
Our offices are located at 39 South Mall, Cork and 31-36 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin. We do, however, represent clients from all over Ireland. Should you be unable to attend our offices, we are more than happy to travel to you, or conduct the meeting on Zoom.

*Please note that in contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

Many Personal Injury Solicitors portray themselves as ‘no win no fee Solicitors’. This term can be misleading and it is essential that you discuss fees with the Solicitor you ultimately choose. At Cantillons Solicitors, we are entirely transparent about our fees and services.

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