Medico Legal Briefings

Complaints To Regulators Drive Surgeons’ Medico-Legal Matters
Communication issues are a leading cause for complaint, as noted by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in its 2016 Annual Report: ‘although clinical care remains the largest allegation category, complaints about doctor-patient communication have increased more significantly than other...
Informed Consent And Communicating Information
Ensuring that patients are provided with sufficient information to give informed consent may seem complex and does cause concern for practitioners. It may be helpful for the practitioner and patient to consider: What is the patient’s understanding of their illness...
The Cases of Rogers v. Whitaker and Chappel v. Hart
“A doctor has a duty to warn a patient of a material risk inherent in a proposed treatment; a risk is material if, in the circumstances of the particular case, a reasonable person in the patient's position, if warned of the risk...