Medicolegal is a term that is used to describe matters that are related to both medicine and law, also known as care and health law.
Medicolegal services use specially trained legal professionals to deal with complex cases, which involve both legal and medical matters. Medicolegal can be used as an umbrella term for a variety of different cases and regulations, including:
Health law rules and regulations
Medical negligence and malpractice
Medical law cases
Medical law cases are often very complex because they are commonly …
Care law is related to the legal rights of children and young people who are in care.
Care Plans and Care Orders
The Care Plan is a plan which is an individual plan made for a child in care; the plan must be agreed by a Judge before a Care Order can be granted. The Care Plan contains information including where the child will live. The Care Order places the child in the care of social workers, rather than parents or relatives. The order grants the social worker parental responsibility for the child and this means they make decisions on the child’s future, including where they will live …
The International Health Regulations are a set of regulations drawn up by member states of the World Health Organisation. The regulations are valid in 194 countries across the world. The aim of the International Health Regulations is to prevent the spread of disease and promote good health across the world. People travel so frequently now that contagious disease can spread very quickly. Regulations are put in place to stem the spread of infections and contain diseases, making the situation more manageable for health professionals.
Most people are aware of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory …
Healthcare policies are brought in to protect patients and medical staff and promote optimum working conditions and standards of patient care and service. There are many different areas within healthcare policy and new policies are introduced all the time, in tandem with new research, recommendations from authorities and organisations and new ideas.
Policies may be implemented on a local or national level. In the UK, Primary Care Trusts are usually responsible for local health policies, while national policies are implemented by the Department of Health. Private healthcare providers may …
Ethics is a key component of both medical and legal studies. Students who train as both lawyers and doctors are required to study modules on ethics in relation to care and health laws.
Ethical issues arise all the time in medicine. Doctors are confronted with so-called ‘moral dilemmas’ on a regular basis and they must act within the law, even if they feel that their actions are not in the best interest of the patient.
One of the most controversial ethical subjects in care and health law is that of euthanasia. Euthanasia is illegal in the UK but some …
Medical negligence is the most common reason for doctors to appear in court in relation to health and care law. In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of people trying to sue doctors on account of medical negligence. Many people associate the increase in cases with the growth in popularity of the ‘blame’ culture and the ‘compensation culture’, with many legal firms encouraging people to come forward if they think they may have been a victim of medical negligence. You only have to enter an online search, watch television or even walk down the street to see an advert for …
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Recently published research suggests that the number of personal injury claims for injuries arising from road traffic accidents increased by almost twenty per-cent this year. …
Medicine is a specialism which comes under constant scrutiny and professionals are required to work in high pressure situations, which they are often not prepared for. In reality, a day as a doctor can take you anywhere and professionals can be faced with completely unfamiliar scenarios.
Health law is the area of law that relates to the laws that govern the relationship between patients, healthcare providers and other professionals working in the healthcare industry. Health law includes a variety of different areas, including:
Health law is designed to protect patients, facilitate optimum standards of care and provide medical professionals and care providers with best possible working environment.
Medical law, or care and health law, is the area of law that covers cases associated with the medical profession. There are three main areas of medical law, including:
Medical law is a complex specialist field, which combines the legal and medical professions. Increasingly, the worlds of medicine and law are overlapping and medicolegal cases are becoming increasingly common.
Many of them have to make split second decisions, which may, or may not, prove to be the right ones. Like everyone else, doctors are capable of making errors. However, these errors often have much more serious implications than they might have in different professions.
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