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Techniques of Medical Litigation

Medical-legal consultant Randine Lewis provides lawyers with basic instruction in the practice of modern medicine, and introduces health care professionals to the process of litigation. Her goal is not to incite frivolous or excessive legal actions; instead, she hopes to enable people on both sides of a legal issue to understand how the other side will proceed toward obtaining some kind of redress. Lewis maintains that medical knowledge is lacking in most law firms and her book seeks to remedy that. With the basics of medicine clearly laid out and the risks inherent in medical treatment explained, hew book will be a hands-on desk reference not only in law offices but also in medical and health care occupations. Well illustrated, with examples, lists, and medical terms clearly explained, the book will also be useful to paralegals, nurses, consultants, and other professionals who become involved in litigation involving health care.
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Provides lawyers with the basic fundamentals of modern medical practice and introduces health care professionals to the basics of litigation. The aim is to help both groups achieve their respective goals when a medical case goes to litigation.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Information Introduction to Medical Litigation Obtaining Medical Records Deciphering the Contents of Medical Records (including medication references) Medical Research Medical Experts and Consultants Individual Case Scenarios Medical Malpractice Claims Cancer Malpractice Products Liability Claims, Chemical Exposure and Toxic Torts Workers' Compensation Claims Personal Injury Claims The Lawsuit Initiating the Lawsuit Fact Investigation and Discovery Trial Preparation Medicine for Lawyers Introduction to Medicine The Cardiovascular System The Respiratory System The Digestive System The Urogenital System The Endocrine System The Nervous System The Musculoskeletal System Appendix: Medical Abbreviations

About the Author

RANDINE A. LEWIS is founder and principal of Medicolegal Solutions, a consulting firm in Houston, Texas, that advises attorneys and health care professionals on matters involving medical litigation. She has studied both medicine and law on the postgraduate level and worked in various law firms and health care settings.


?For the reader requiring an organized, step-by-step approach to medical information management in litigation, Randine Lewis dispenses guidance in all facets of the process including medical record acquisition, medical research, record analysis, selection of medical experts, and conduct of the medical lawsuit.?-M.I.M. Reporter, The Quarterly Review of Medical Information Management for Litigation

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