This book provides lawyers with guidance on managing litigation involving medical practice, with step-by-step advice on bringing cases, as well as on substantive procedural and administrative issues concerned with effective handling of such disputes. This book brings together for the first time the breadth of experience and expertise of those actively engaged in this vital and sensitive area of litigation practice. Medical disputes are on the increase - involving the duties and responsibilities of those providing medical services - while advances in medicine and clinical care give rise to new questions for the courts to decide. Concerns are far-ranging, arising not only in cases of negligence, but other areas of professional conduct, including the duties of health services in the allocation of resources, critical decisions over patients or duties towards the unborn child. With so much at stake, there is constant pressure to ensure that such disputes are managed effectively and that only viable cases go forward to trial. This book provides practical information and guidance on the handling of disputes, offering insight to those topics that cause the most concern.
It is unique in that it has been written by individual lawyers with direct experience of litigation in this difficult area of practice, each covering a vital part of effective case management. Essential reading for professional advisers to medical practitioners, health authorities, NHS Trusts, private clinics and hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, advisers to claimants, including cases involving group legislation.