The most frequently cited and respected authority in the field, this national treatise includes the most comprehensive treatment of medical malpractice law, litigation techniques and current developments in the field, both at the state and national levels. Key theories of liability, causes of action, defenses, and procedural hurdles, such as screening panels and other pre-filing requirements, are all covered. This comprehensive coverage allows for comparison of how particular jurisdictions address certain medical malpractice issues and it is particularly helpful to attorneys facing an issue of first impression in a particular jurisdiction. Additionally, individual chapters are devoted to particular specialties such as emergency medicine, obstetrics, anesthesiology, dentistry, podiatry and psychiatry. Vicarious liability, nurses and hospitals are also covered. Discovery and trial considerations are also discussed. And finally, the treatise contains an extensive Illustrative Awards chapter that breaks down jury awards and significant settlements according to the defendant's medical specialty or type of practice, as well as the type of injury or illness the plaintiff sustained.
The original authors, David W. Louisell, J.D., and Harold Williams, M.D., LL.B., were highly respected practitioners in medical malpractice litigation. The set is currently updated by practicing attorneys and Matthew Bender & Company's editorial staff.
First published in 1960.
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