Welcome to the third issue of the Medico-Legal Magazine, produced by SpecialistInfo and publishing partner Iconic Media Solutions Ltd.
As 2016 draws to a close, we have seen much debate on issues with serious consequences for the industry, including the soft tissue injury claims process reform and a fixed recoverable costs review by Lord Justice Jackson, both of which are rumbling on into 2017. In this issue we present articles relevant to these debates, including the statistics behind the perceived “compensation culture” by a costs lawyer, the challenges faced by MROs since MedCo began, and the growing use of mediation to settle medical claims, and its endorsement by the NHS Litigation Authority and the MDU. We also have a topical article on the psychiatric assessment of victims of historical child abuse, and an advisory article for expert witnesses in court from a team of healthcare law experts. The industrial toxicology case study is a salutary lesson on testing the strength of evidence before bringing a claim.
Once again, the magazine will be circulated to up to 40,000 people in the industry, including doctors, insurance companies, law firms and medico-legal agencies. It is published on the Medico-Legal Section of the Specialistinfo.com website, and printed copies can be ordered from Iconic.
Specialistinfo maintains a database of contact details for up to 90,000 UK consultants and GPs, including approximately 11,000 consultants and GPs who undertake medico-legal work. We also provide Medico-Legal courses for expert witnesses and promote the members of the Faculty of Expert Witnesses (the FEW).
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Pg6 SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal Services Lisa Cheyne
Pg8 Medical Reporting in 2017, The Year of Innovation? Dr David Pearce
Pg10 Whiplash Numbers – Fact or Myth? Simon Gibbs
Pg12 Patient Consent for Aesthetic Treatments – More Than Merely Cosmetic? Greg McEwen
Pg15 Psychiatric Assessment of the Effects of Historical Child Abuse Dr Paul McLaren
Pg17 Mediation Within the NHS in Scotland Linda Paterson
Pg19 An Industrial Toxicology Case Study Dr Ian Perry
Pg22 Factual Witnesses and Expert Advisors – Lessons Learnt from Recent Trial Wins Laura Scott and Chloe Davies
Pg25 A Revolution for Medico-Legal Experts? Jonathan Dingle FRSA