Happy New Year and welcome to the seventh quarterly issue of the Medico-Legal Magazine, produced by SpecialistInfo and publishing partner Iconic Media Solutions Ltd.
In this first issue of 2018, we have advice for experts on fixed costs medical reports, MedCo and personal injury small claims from Kerry Underwood, Solicitor, who is an acknowledged expert on funding and the legal system. We present an overview of (and possible upcoming changes to) child mental health and the law for clinicians by Dr Sarah Huline-Dickens, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. We are also pleased to include an article by Dr Sikhar Sircar, Consultant Gynaecologist, on the risk of obstetric anal sphincter injuries during childbirth in the UK and strategies to reduce the incidence. Dr James Palmer, Consultant Anaesthetist, discusses causes of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia and how patients can be affected in the longer term. Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), tells us about the work of APIL and how expert witnesses can get involved.
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).
We welcome feedback from our readers, so please contact us with any suggestions for areas you would like to see covered in future issues, or share your news and experiences with us.
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Pg6 SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal Courses By Lisa Cheyne
Pg8 The Use of Fractional Laser Technology to Reduce Scarring By Ben Elsom
Pg11 Child Mental Health and the Law: The Future May be Fusion and no Bright Lines By Dr Sarah Huline-Dickens
Pg15 Accidental Awareness During General Anaesthesia (AAGA) By Dr James Palmer FRCA
Pg17 Experts and Fixed Costs Extension By Kerry Underwood
Pg19 Book Review: Personal Injury Small Claims, Portals and Fixed Costs by Kerry Underwood By Georgina Parkin
Pg20 Childbirth and OASIS - What is New? By Dr Sikhar Sircar
Pg22 About the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) By Brett Dixon
Pg23 Medico-Legal News By Lisa Cheyne