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Medical Negligence

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Johan, a native of Galway, is a solicitor in the firm’s Medical Negligence Department.

Johan has personal experience of the catastrophic consequences of medical negligence. His birth was grossly mismanaged, and he is fortunate to have avoided severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. Johan had to be resuscitated and the trauma of the delivery has left him with a near-total paralysis of his right arm, a condition known as brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy.

The doctors and hospitals were unwilling to provide an explanation as to how the birth had gone so wrong, and how Johan came to be injured. Johan’s parents, like many, went to a solicitor for answers and discovered that it was wholly preventable. They fought tirelessly to hold those responsible for Johan’s injuries to account. The case against the Western Health Board and the obstetrician settled in December 1996.

Johan is proudly in a position to help other victims of medical negligence to understand what has happened to cause their injuries and to get justice. Johan has acted in many interesting and complex cases of cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, maternal injury, delay in cancer diagnosis, fatal injuries, surgical error, and orthopaedic negligence. He has represented families at inquests, and has brought cases to a successful conclusion, by High Court trials and settlement negotiations.

In May 2018, Johan was tasked with running the newly opened Galway office, which has been a resounding success.

Johan was educated at St. Annin’s N.S., Kilannin, Galway, St. Joseph’s Patrician College (“The Bish”), Galway and N.U.I. Galway from which he graduated with an honours degree in both Corporate Law (B Corp. Law) and LLB (Bachelor of Laws).

Johan was made Associate Solicitor at Callan Tansey in September 2020.

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