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Medicolegal issues and interventional pain management 

Medicolegal issues and interventional pain management
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Medicolegal issues and interventional pain management
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K. Simpson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199586912.003.0014
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date: 30 March 2020

Medicolegal issues 248

Civil Procedure Rules 250

Rules in criminal litigation 254

GMC guidelines on acting as an expert witness 256

Doctors in pain medicine may be involved in medicolegal matters for many reasons. They may be a witness to fact or an expert witness in civil or criminal matters. Unfortunately, they may also be involved after an adverse event with their own patient that results in litigation against the individual or their organization. This chapter deals with expert witness work and relies on the author's experience of medicolegal work in the UK over the past 15 years as an expert witness in civil matters (personal injury and medical negligence), criminal matters, and fitness to practice cases heard by the General Medical Council (GMC). The chapter will focus on general issues with regard to being an expert witness and it will give some personal views. It must be remembered that specific points of law vary depending upon the place of practice; for example, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, European, American, and Australasian systems differ. However, the principles of being a good expert witness are universal....

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