Pat’s first 10 years of her professional life were in Nursing. She trained and qualified as a Nurse (RGN) in London. On qualifying, she specialised in Intensive Care nursing and obtained a number of post graduate nursing qualifications. Pat worked in various Intensive Care Units in the London area to include Great Ormond Street, the London Chest Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital where she was appointed to the position of Senior Sister in Intensive Care. Thereafter, Pat studied Law and on obtaining her Law Degree and Solicitors’ Final Examinations she did her apprenticeship with a London firm who had a renowned reputation for medical negligence. On qualifying, Pat remained with the same firm and was made Partner. She was instrumental in the firm obtaining one of the first (if not the first) Legal Aid franchise for medical negligence in the UK. Pat remained with the firm for 13 years. In November 2006, on returning home, Pat joined the Medical Negligence team in Cantillons Solicitors. Pat’s combined nursing and legal knowledge has been invaluable in her practice.
Over the last two decades, Pat has brought a significant number of high value complex catastrophic injury cases to trial to include Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy, acquired brain injuries, maternal death, obstetric injuries and ophthalmic injuries.
The families of a victim of medical negligence have an awful lot to contend with in trying to nurse and provide care. There is an emotional, social, physical and economic impact that takes its toll on the family unit. Pat appreciates the impact that medical negligence can have on a family unit and has always sought to achieve the best possible results for her clients. In 2007, Pat achieved an award of €7.5million for a little girl with Cerebral Palsy. At the time, this was the highest award (by over 50%) ever achieved in the history of the State for a birth injury claim. In 2012, Pat achieved an award of €11million for another little girl with Cerebral Palsy. However, Pat’s most complex and challenging but most rewarding case did not attract millions in compensation. The case involved a seven year old little girl with Down Syndrome who also had heart problems and feeding problems. Unfortunately, her parents’ concerns about the feeding problems were not listened to and the food that was to nourish her was silently killing her as it was being inhaled into her lungs. The little girl was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension which is a life limiting condition. Therefore, the case was only ever going to attract modest compensation. The little girl was on continuous oxygen and her care needs were the most complex and onerous. Pat sought to expedite the case. However, the State refused to accept liability and maintained that the Pulmonary Hypertension was congenital. Pat’s nursing knowledge was invaluable as the condition of Pulmonary Hypertension is very complex and with help from top class world renowned experts, the State eventually capitulated after five weeks at Trial.
Pat likes reading, going to the Theatre and travelling whenever she can.
On the 26th January 2021, Pat Daly, Partner, settled a case for a 46 year old mother of four who has a terminal cervical cancer. The lady is one of the original 221 women affected by the cervical cancer controversy. In 2015, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer set against a background of negative smear […]Read More
The Medical Negligence team acted on behalf of a lady who presented to her General Practitioner (‘GP’) in June 2015, with a complaint that she was passing blood. This complaint required an urgent review as it is a cardinal symptom of cancer. The GP’s plan was to refer her for a urology assessment. However, the […]Read More
On the 19th February 2019, the Medical Negligence Team at Cantillons settled a case for €750,000 for the Tymon family. Mr. Michael Tymon brought a claim for himself and his young daughters Rachel, Rebecca and Katelyn against their GP Dr. Martina Cogan following the death of their wife and mother, Mrs. Sheila Tymon. On the […]Read More
The medical negligence team at Cantillons settled a case for a man who had a misdiagnosis of recurrent cancer, when he had, in fact, an infection (which because of the misdiagnosis was left untreated with devastating life changing consequences). Our client had a past medical history of cancer of the left vocal cord, which resulted […]Read More
The Medical Negligence Team at Cantillons settled a case for a dispensing error. Our client had been critically ill and had been an inpatient for nearly two months with symptoms of an autoimmune disease, which was subsequently diagnosed as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (“SLE”). The treating Consultant was of the opinion that as the Plaintiff had […]Read More
The medical negligence team at Cantillons settled a fatal claim for the Mother arising out of medical negligence in relation to the death of her daughter (“the Deceased”) who sadly died because of cardiac complications. The Deceased, who was then a teenager, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (“HL”). Although a devastating diagnosis, with the correct […]Read More
On the 4th October 2017, Pat Daly and the medical negligence team settled the case for Martin Coleman for injuries sustained during the course of his birth at St. Finbarr’s Hospital 20 years ago. Martin’s mother developed an acute obstetric emergency in the form of a cord prolapse during the latter stages of the labour. […]Read More
In March 2017, Pat Daly and the Medical Negligence Team settled a case for a lady who attended her General Practitioner with skin tags and small wart-like growths on her face and neck which she wanted removed. The lady’s General Practitioner attempted to freeze (cryotherapy) the skin lesions but was negligent in the application of […]Read More
The Medical Negligence Team recently compromised a claim by way of mediation, for a lady who had a stillbirth as a result of negligence. A brief history of the matter is that the client’s ante-natal care was shared by her General Practitioner (“GP”) and a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. At the ante-natal visits with the Consultant the […]Read More