Medico-Legal Magazine

Issue 4

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Medico-Legal Magazine Issue 4

Published by: SpecialistInfo & Iconic Media Solutions

First published: March 2017


SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal Courses, Lisa Cheyne

Case Study - Mediation Helps Parties Discover What Matters Most, Jane Gunn

Understanding The Unsaid Signals, Andrea Gordon

New Industry Body Launched to Represent Medical Reporting Organisations, Paul Collin

Medico-Legal Aspects of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Mr Michael Gaunt

An Invitation to Mediate? Accept, Mark Field

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Greg McEwen

Mediation in Clinical Negligence Claims the New NHS LA Scheme, Brian Dawson

A Perfect Storm - The Spiralling Cost of Claims, Michael Devlin

SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal News, Lisa Cheyne

Fractures of the Pelvic Ring, Nikhil Shah

Hype and Flexion - “Whiplash Reforms” to Personal Injury Claims, Jonathan Dingle

Medico-Legal Magazine Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Medico-Legal Magazine, produced by SpecialistInfo and publishing partner Iconic Media Solutions Ltd.

As predicted in the last issue at the end of 2016, we are still in a period of uncertainty for the industry, with the soft tissue injury

claims reforms which will be in place by 1 October 2018, and an ongoing fixed recoverable costs consultation announced at the end of January.

In this issue we present pertinent articles, including a summary of the changes to soft tissue injury compensation in road traffic accidents, by Jonathan Dingle, and the challenges faced because of clinical negligence claims inflation, as discussed by Michael Devlin from the MDU.

We continue to look at the growing use of mediation to settle medical claims, with several articles on this topic, including the endorsement of alternative dispute resolution by the NHS Litigation Authority, now renamed NHS Resolution from April 2017.

We also include articles on the risks involved in the use of robotics and artificial intelligence in medical procedures; the continuing source of claims involving hand arm vibration syndrome; and a summary of injuries of the pelvic ring, which are also a common cause of personal injury claims.

Once again the magazine will be circulated to more than 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 website, and printed copies can be ordered from Iconic.

Specialistinfo maintains a database of contact details for 90,000 UK consultants and GPs, including 8,800 consultants and 2,700 GPs who undertake medico-legal work. We also provides medico- legal training courses for expert witnesses.

We welcome feedback from our readers, so please contact us with any suggestions for areas you would like to see covered in future, or share your news and experiences with us.