General Advice – August 2020


Medical Negligence Assessments

Litigants are becoming increasingly aware of the existence of medical negligence, and the potential for appropriate compensation.

Orthopaedic Surgeons are not unique in this area and despite the best of intentions, negligent acts do occur.

Previous newsletters have dwelt with the difference between complications and negligence. That is not my intention here.

Instead, I herald this increasingly important sphere in medicolegal reporting and recommend frequent and close dialogue between the legal and medical professions.

The dialogue is not intended to diminish or dissuade litigants but rather, ensure that litigation is properly directioned. Much time, energy, money and anguish can be avoided by early file reviews and informal conversations between legal advocates and the orthopaedic advisor.

I implore you to call early.