Why Doctors Get Sued
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Clinical negligence claims arise from issues relating to consent, errors of treatment and errors in diagnosis. Consent should deal with material risks and any reasonable alternatives to treatment. Litigation relating to errors in treatment and diagnosis usually arise when the actions by a doctor are contrary and/or deviate from what is considered appropriate by a responsible body of medical opinion. It is important to be aware of guidelines and literature to ensure practice is up-to date and be willing to refer patients elsewhere when treatment cannot be offered in house.
KeywordsClinical negligence Reasonable standard of care Material risk Informed consent Responsible medical opinion
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