Articles

The importance of medical records when defending a claim

In most medical negligence claims, the patient’s medical record is the most important source of evidence and will come under close scrutiny. While the claimant has visible injuries that can be shown to a court,…
Categories : Articles, Defence, Pain
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Skin Cancer Management

Skin cancer is one of the commonest forms of cancer, currently accounting for around one-third of all cancers annually, and the incidence is rapidly increasing. Fortunately, effective treatments are available and the risks of mortality…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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The Value a Well-Written Medicolegal Report Can Make to your Defence

With any medical procedure, there is an inherent risk that an adverse event may occur, which may ultimately lead to a claim of medical negligence and litigation. Often, as part of a case, independent expert…
Categories : Articles, Medicolegal reports, Thought Leadership
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The medicolegal implications of non-medical treatment of long-term pain

Chronic pain places a significant burden on patients and can affect every aspect of daily life. Due to the combination of physical and psychological aspects of pain, its management is complex and treatment approaches will…
Categories : Articles, Pain
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Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration in a Medicolegal Context

As well as being vital to sustaining life, food and drink have important psychological, social and cultural significance. However, elderly patients, who often have complex medical needs, may develop difficulties with eating and drinking due…
Categories : Articles, Intensive care
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The medicolegal challenges of liposuction

Suction-assisted lipectomy, otherwise known as liposuction, is a procedure in which adipose tissue is removed from subcutaneous spaces through a cannula, with the aim of achieving a more desirable body contour. The popularity of the…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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Correcting facial deformities - a medicolegal perspective

Facial deformities may occur due to congenital abnormalities or as a result of trauma or disease, and most have their origin in the bony structures of the face, but can also affect the soft tissue…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

Aortic aneurysms, which are balloon-like bulges in the blood vessels, can occur at any point along the length of the aorta. As blood pumps through the aneurysm, the pressure can cause the layers of the…
Categories : Articles, Vascular Surgery
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The medicolegal challenges of delirium in the Intensive Care Unit

Delirium is a form of acute brain dysfunction, defined by acute disturbances in attention, awareness or cognition, that develops over hours or days and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis or comatose state. Patients…
Categories : Articles, Intensive care
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A medicolegal perspective on spinal interventions in pain medicine

Back pain affects up to 80% of the population at some point during their lifetime and is one of the commonest reasons to visit the GP. Many patients make a full recovery within a few…
Categories : Articles, Pain
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