Forensic Pathology and Malpractice in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

  • Massimo Montisci


Medical liability has become a fact of life in the physician’s modern practice and each malpractice claim gives rise to a scientific challenge. Under this scenario, the role of Legal Medicine is essential to prevent erroneous interpretations of scientific evidence and the medico legal expert should always be involved in cases of alleged medical liability on cadavers. Focusing on malpractice claims in the field of cardiology, the considerable complexity of the management of cardiac pathologies implies the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach, together with the application of a shared ascertainment methodology. In particular, it is essential for the medico-legal expert to collaborate with specialists, such as cardio-pathologists, cardiologists or cardio-surgeons in cases of alleged medical liability in the cardiologic field and to follow the guidelines which have been produced to assist the expert dealing with deaths reflecting cardiac disease, in order to prevent criticism of case analysis in medico-legal environments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public HealthUniversity-Hospital of PadovaPadovaItaly

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