International Medical Malpractice Law

Author: Dieter Giesen
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
ISBN: 9024737052
Release Date: 1988-09-08
Genre: Law

This monograph is the most comprehensive comparative law study of legal responsibility arising from medical care presently available. It is written for doctors as well as health care administrators and legal professionals. Focusing on the problems of civil liability, it presents the development, points of contact with, and differences between the modern law of medical liability stemming from both the Common Law and Civil Law traditions of England, Scotland, Eire, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States, South Africa, France, Belgium, West Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It demonstrates the extent to which both problems of medical law and trends towards their solution are already familiar in these legal systems. The work describes principles and trends, not by confronting the reader with 'national reports' and separate chapters on different legal systems; rather, the relevant legal problems are analyzed from an integrative, comparative viewpoint. The main thrust of the presentation is the analysis of numerous court decisions -- the number of which is rising ominously in the United States -- on the civil liability of doctors and hospitals for damages arising from substandard treatment or inadequate disclosure of information to the patient. References to the legal and medical literature, indexes, and a refined system of cross-references, together with an important collection of appendices covering legal and ethical declarations make this work accessible as a handbook and reference work for the legal and social problems encountered today in the wide area of law, ethics, and medicine.

Medical Negligence in Victorian Britain

Author: Kim Price
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441147868
Release Date: 2015-02-26
Genre: History

Medical Negligence in Victorian Britain is the first detailed exploration of the hundreds of charges of neglect against doctors who were contracted to the 'new' poor law after the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. The author moves beyond the hyperbole of Victorian public 'scandal' to use medical negligence as a prism through which to view hidden aspects of poor law doctors and their patients. This provides a uniquely grounded perspective, from the day-to-day experience of medical practice ? for both doctor and patient ? to the context of the medico-political, socio-legal and cultural processes that underpinned the social construction of negligence at this time. The result is a clearly enunciated description of what negligence meant to the Victorians and how they sought to define and deal with negligent care, moving the topic from the sidelines of English welfare history to the centre-stage role it played in Victorian society. Thematically and chronologically arranged in two parts, the book uses extensive new archival material with a particular focus on the official inquiries into neglect conducted by poor law inspectors. It offers a fresh perspective on the poor laws that has repercussions for wider histories of welfare, medicine and legal medicine.

The Law of Medical Negligence in England and Germany

Author: Marc Stauch
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781847314529
Release Date: 2008-08-29
Genre: Law

This new work adds to the theoretical understanding and discussion of possible solutions to various conceptual and practical problems that arise within the field of medical negligence - an area whose legal treatment is perceived, both in England and Germany, as containing a number of special difficulties and shortcomings. In addition it seeks to make a contribution to the developing field of comparative law, by employing a detailed and closely focused analytical approach in a tightly defined subject area. These twin aims serve to reveal the similarities and differences between two legal cultures in a particularly clear and striking way. The book offers an analysis which is neutral as between the English and German approaches. The issues are dealt with thematically so far as possible, so that the respective treatments in each country of a given matter, eg the standard of care owed by medical practitioners, are discussed side-by-side. The book thus avoids the 'country-report' style, whereby the systems are presented largely separately from each other. What is of particular interest is how, notwithstanding their common starting point in terms of the application of the fault-principle under private law, the detailed rules in the two countries differ markedly. This is true both in the divergent way that claims are structured and argued, and also quite often as regards their substantive outcome. It will be of interest to comparative lawyers, tort and medical lawyers, and practising lawyers working in these areas.

Medical Law in South Africa

Author: Slabbert
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
ISBN: 9789041136312
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Medical laws and legislation

Now also available as eBook Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient volume provides comprehensive analysis of the law affecting the physician-patient relationship in South Africa. Cutting across the traditional compartments with which lawyers are familiar, medical law is concerned with issues arising from this relationship, and not with the many wider juridical relations involved in the broader field of health care law. After a general introduction, the book systematically describes law related to the medical profession, proceeding from training, licensing, and other aspects of access to the profession, through disciplinary and professional liability and medical ethics considerations and quality assurance, to such aspects of the physician-patient relationship as rights and duties of physicians and patients, consent, privacy, and access to medical records. Also covered are specific issues such as organ transplants, human medical research, abortion, and euthanasia, as well as matters dealing with the physician in relation to other health care providers, health care insurance, and the health care system. Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to professional organizations of physicians, nurses, hospitals, and relevant government agencies. Lawyers representing parties with interests in South Africa will welcome this very useful guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its comparative value as a contribution to the study of medical law in the international context.

Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective

Author: Ken Oliphant
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110270235
Release Date: 2013-10-29
Genre: Law

Medical malpractice and compensation for medical injuries are issues which regularly create tension and innovation in national legal systems but the analysis of these areas is often limited to national audiences. This study examines the issues in a uniquely global context. Drawing from a wide range of legal systems this study seeks to uncover the underlying similarities and contrasts between the many different approaches taken to the problems of medical malpractice and compensation for medical injuries.

Uncertain Causation in Medical Liability

Author: Lara Khoury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781847312730
Release Date: 2006-07-18
Genre: Law

'Proving' the cause of the plaintiff's injury in personal injury litigation often entails significant challenges, particularly when science cannot identify the cause of a biological phenomenon or when the nature of this cause is debatable. This problem is frequently encountered in medical malpractice cases, where the limitations of scientific knowledge are still extensive. Yet judges must decide cases, however uncertain the evidence with regard to proof of causation. Reluctant to leave patients without compensation, courts have in some cases challenged their traditional approach to causation through recourse to such techniques as reliance on factual presumptions and inferences, the concept of loss of chance, and reversal of the burden of proof. This book analyses and criticises the use of these various techniques by the courts of England, Australia, Canada, France, and the civilian Canadian province of Quebec in confronting evidentiary causal difficulties caused by the uncertainties of medical science.

Journal of the International Institute for Law and Medicine

Author: Dennis Campbell, Editor
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781312522541
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Law

The Journal is published annually by the International Institute for Law and Medicine, providing commentary on current issues in the interplay among law, medicine, and health care by lawyers, physicians, and health care professionals from countries throughout the world.

Forschungsfreiheit und Forschungskontrolle in der Medizin Freedom and Control of Biomedical Research

Author: Erwin Deutsch
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783642573262
Release Date: 2013-03-07
Genre: Medical

Die Deklaration von Helsinki des Weltärztebundes gilt als wichtigstes Dokument ärztlicher Standesauffassung zur medizinischen Forschung am Menschen. Ihr Einfluß auf die ärztliche Ethik und auf nationale Regelungen zur biomedizinischen Forschung ist unbestritten. Seit einiger Zeit wird innerhalb des Weltärztebundes über eine Änderung der Deklaration von Helsinki beraten, die zu einer grundlegenden Umgestaltung der Deklaration und zur Aufhebung wichtiger Prinzipien führen könnte. Dies war Anlaß eines internationalen Symposions in Göttingen vom 7. bis zum 11. April. Der vorliegende Band enthält die für das Symposion erstellten Landesberichte und Generalberichte aus 14 europäischen und außereuropäischen Ländern sowie die Zusammenfassung der Beratungsergebnisse, die als "Göttinger Papier" erfolgreich in die laufenden Beratungen des Weltärztebundes eingebracht wurden.

Patients with Passports

Author: I. Glenn Cohen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780190218188
Release Date: 2014-10-27
Genre: Law

Focuses on patients traveling for cardiac bypass and other legal services to places like India, Thailand and Mexico, and analyzes issues of quality of care, disease transmission, liability, private and public health insurance and the effects of this trade on foreign health care systems.

The Criminal Justice System and Health Care

Author: Suzanne Ost
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199228294
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Medical

This book examines questions of medical accountability and ethics. It analyses how the criminal justice system regulates health care practice, and to what extent it can and should be used as a tool to resolve ethical conflict in health care. For most of the twentieth century, criminal courts were engaged in matters relating to medicine principally as a forum to resolve ethical controversies over the sanctity of life. However, the judiciary approached this function with reluctance and amarked tendency to defer to the medical profession to define what constituted ethical, and thus lawful conduct. However, over the past 25 years, criminal courts have increasingly been drawn into these types of question, and the criminal law has become a major actor in the resolution of ethical conflict. The trend to prosecute for aberrant professional conduct or medical malpractice and the role of the criminal process in medicine has been analytically neglected in the UK. There is scant literature addressing the appropriate boundaries of the criminal process in resolving ethical conflict, the theoretical legal analysis of the law's relationship with health care, or the practical impact of the criminal justice system on professionals and the delivery of health care in the UK. This volume addresses these issues via a combination of theoretical analyses and key case studies, drawing on the experiences of other carefully selected jurisdictions. It places a particular emphasis on theappropriateness of the involvement of the criminal justice system in health care, the limitations of this developing trend, and solutions to the problems it throws up. The book takes euthanasia as a primary example of the issues raised by the intersection of health care and the criminal law, and questions whether health care issues appropriately fall within the remit of the criminal justice system.