Techniques of Medical Litigation: A Professional's Handbook for Plaintiffs, Defendants, and Medical Consultants

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Law - 307 pages
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Medical-legal consultant Randine Lewis provides lawyers with basic instruction in the practice of modern medicine, and introduces health care professionals to the process of litigation. Her goal is not to incite frivolous or excessive legal actions; instead, she hopes to enable people on both sides of a legal issue to understand how the other side will proceed toward obtaining some kind of redress. Lewis maintains that medical knowledge is lacking in most law firms and her book seeks to remedy that. With the basics of medicine clearly laid out and the risks inherent in medical treatment explained, hew book will be a hands-on desk reference not only in law offices but also in medical and health care occupations. Well illustrated, with examples, lists, and medical terms clearly explained, the book will also be useful to paralegals, nurses, consultants, and other professionals who become involved in litigation involving health care.

 

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Contents

Introduction to Medical Litigation
3
Obtaining Medical Records
5
TRACKING MEDICAL RECORDS
7
ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS
8
REPORTS
13
WHAT TO DO WITH THE RECORDS
14
MEDICAL BILLS
15
Contents of the Medical Records
17
THE MEDICAL REPORT
143
Personal Injury Claims
145
DAMAGES
146
FUTURE DAMAGES
147
LIFE CARE PLAN
148
SETTLEMENT BROCHURE
149
The Lawsuit
151
Initiating the Lawsuit
153

THE HISTORY AND PHYSICAL
18
PHYSICAL EXAM
20
PROGRESS NOTES
22
ORDERS
23
ANESTHESIA
24
SURGERY
31
POSTANESTHESIA CARE UNIT
35
PATHOLOGY REPORTS
37
NURSES NOTES
38
NURSING PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
39
DISCHARGE SUMMARY
40
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
41
THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RECORD
42
THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT RECORD
44
OBSTETRICAL RECORDS
50
THE DENTAL RECORD
60
PHARMACOLOGY
61
Medical Research
82
REGULATORY AGENCIES
83
RESEARCHING THE LITERATURE
85
DIAGNOSTIC CODES
87
PROCEDURAL CODES
88
MEDICOLEGAL DECISIONS
89
MEDICAL DATABASES
90
DOCUMENTING THE CASE
92
Medical Experts and Consultants
95
MEDICAL TRAINING
97
OTHER EXPERTS
103
Individual Case Scenarios
105
Medical Malpractice
107
INFORMED CONSENT
109
STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS
110
LOSS OF CHANCE FOR RECOVERY
111
THE MEDICAL SUMMARY
112
WORKING UP A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE
114
Cancer Malpractice
119
DEFINITIONS
120
TREATMENT
122
CANCER DRUGS
123
Products Liability Chemical Exposure and Toxic Torts
132
PRODUCTS LIABILITY
133
CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
135
Workers Compensation Claims
139
MEDICAL EVALUATION
140
DRAFTING THE COMPLAINT
155
Fact Investigation and Discovery
159
INTERROGATORIES
160
REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS AND THINGS
163
REQUESTS FOR ADMISSIONS
165
SETTLEMENT
166
SUBROGATION
167
Trial Preparation
168
DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE
170
JURY SELECTION AND VOIR DIRE
171
THE PERSUASIVE PROCESS
172
Medicine for Lawyers
175
Introduction to Medicine
177
BODY SYSTEMS
179
The Cardiovascular System
182
THE VASCULAR SYSTEM
184
DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES
186
ANTICOAGULANT THERAPY
187
CARDIOVASCULAR DRUGS
189
The Respiratory System
196
RESPIRATORY DRUGS
199
The Digestive System
202
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS
206
GASTROINTESTINAL DRUGS
207
The Urogenital System
213
ANATOMY OF THE KIDNEYS URETERS AND URINARY BLADDER
214
DIURETICS
216
The Endocrine System
219
The Nervous System
227
NEUROLOGY
230
NEUROLOGICAL TESTS
231
PSYCHIATRY
233
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
235
TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY
243
The Musculoskeletal System
247
THE SKULL
248
THE APPENDICULAR SKELETON
249
JOINTS AND LIGAMENTOUS STRUCTURES
252
TRAUMATIC INJURY
253
DRUGS
258
Medical Abbreviations
261
Index
301
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RANDINE A. LEWIS is founder and principal of Medicolegal Solutions, a consulting firm in Houston, Texas, that advises attorneys and health care professionals on matters involving medical litigation. She has studied both medicine and law on the postgraduate level and worked in various law firms and health care settings.

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