Medical Negligence: A Practical Guide

Medical Negligence: A Practical Guide


By (author) Charles J. Lewis

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  • Publisher: Butterworths Law
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 230mm
  • Publication date: 1 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0406902836
  • ISBN 13: 9780406902832
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: index

Product description

The fourth edition of this guide to the law and procedures governing medical negligence litigation continues to meet the needs of legal specialists while remaining accessible to non-lawyers including insurers, health authorities and doctors.

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Table of contents

Introduction. The structure of the book. The structure of the national health service. PROCEDURE: The initial complaint. First steps: funding the claim, legal aid, going to council. The inquest. Obtaining the medical records. Reading the medical notes. Instructing an expert. Issuing proceedings. From issue to trial. LAW: Negligence and duty of care. The duty of care in a medical context. The standard of care. Loss/injury: damage and causation. Loss/injury: foreseeability and remoteness. Loss/injury: nervous shock. Loss/injury: economic loss. Who to sue. The proof of negligence. Consent. The failed sterilisation and the action of wrongful birth. The Congenital Disabilities Act 1976. Damages. The limitation period. Cases. Strict liability. EPILOGUE: Epilogue. Appendices. Index.