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When and How Errors Occur in Neuroradiology

Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology that uses imaging techniques, such as x-rays and computed tomography scans, to diagnose conditions affecting the nervous system, spine, head and neck. As far back as the 1950s, there…
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Dealing with scarring as part of plastic surgery medicolegal claims

Scarring is an entirely normal physiological process evolved over billions of years to heal wounds, and an inevitable consequence of injuries whether they be deliberate and necessary (following an operation) or unintended (following an accident).…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery, Thought Leadership
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Myocardial Infarction

A myocardial infarction (MI), also known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is reduced or stops completely. This causes damage to the myocardium, or heart muscle, and…
Categories : Articles, Cardiology
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The Prevention and Management of Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment 

Unfortunately, oral complications are a common side-effect of cancer treatment. Virtually all patients receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancers will encounter such issues, while the prevalence in patients undergoing chemotherapy for lesions at…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thought Leadership
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Detailed Evidence Gathering for the Solicitor and the Expert in Medicolegal Reports

In the majority of medicolegal cases, the outcome is dependent on the opinions expressed in experts’ reports. Therefore, these must be based on high quality evidence, particularly in cases where the questions surrounding breach of…
Categories : Articles, Intensive care, Medicolegal reports, Neuroradiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pain, Plastic Surgery, Spinal surgery, Trauma and orthopaedics
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Open Fractures

Open fractures account for around 3% of all broken bones and are classified as such when there is direct communication between the injury site and the external environment, usually because of an overlying laceration. Open…
Categories : Articles, Trauma and orthopaedics
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What is plastic surgery?

What is plastic surgery? The word “plastic” in plastic surgery has, of course, nothing to do with “plastic” the material. In fact it actually predates its use for the material by a good couple of…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Chronic Pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) describes pain as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’(1). Although the association…
Categories : Articles, Pain, Thought Leadership
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Medicolegal challenges in cardiovascular-related claims

Cardiovascular medicine is concerned with all conditions of the circulatory system, while cardiologists specialise in diseases and abnormalities of the heart. Compared to other specialties, negligence claims in cardiovascular medicine are relatively rare and make…
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The Medicolegal Implications of Failure to Diagnose and Delayed Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancer 

Head and neck cancers (HNC) are relatively uncommon, accounting for less than 5% of all cancers, and are generally associated with longstanding tobacco and alcohol use. However, the epidemiology of HNC is changing, which is…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thought Leadership
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