Neonatology pp 192-196 | Cite as

Neonatology and the Law

  • Vittorio Fineschi
  • Emanuela Turillazzi


Neonatology is an area of medicine that has received much attention in recent years. This interest primarily concerns the constant progress in this field and the inherent ethical and medico legal problems. The extensive debate about some issues reflects both the technical and scientific progress that has been made in neonatology. Tightly argued issues such as medical malpractice litigation have reached crisis proportions in the neonatology and pediatrics. Moreover pediatric claims are very expensive because damages cover the life of the child and the juries tend to be very sympathetic toward children and their families [1]. Care of extremely preterm infants at the limits of viability and the “brain damaged newborn” are some of the more contentious areas of legal medicine in neonatology.


Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Periventricular Leukomalacia Malpractice Claim Harvard Medical Practice Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vittorio Fineschi
    • 1
  • Emanuela Turillazzi
  1. 1.Department of Legal MedicineUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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