Medical Malpractice

Law, Tactics, and Ethics

Frank M. McClellan
Philadelphia Book Clinic Certificate of Award, 1995
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PB: $42.95
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Publication: Nov 93

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328 pages
6 x 9

An experienced litigator lays out the essential issues


From practical to philosophical considerations, this succinct, clear presentation of medical malpractice issues is a valuable resource for the classroom and the reference shelf. Frank M. McClellan illustrates the multitude of considerations that impact the merit of each case, never losing sight of the importance of preserving human dignity in malpractice lawsuits.

Early chapters urge the evaluation of legal, medical, and ethical standards, especially the Standard of Care. Part II focuses on assessing and proving compensatory and punitive damages, Part III sets out guidelines for intelligence gathering, medical research, choosing expert witnesses, and preparing for trial.

Students of law, medicine, and public health, as well as lawyers and health care professionals, will find in Medical Malpractice a valuable text or reference book. "Problems" in twelve of the thirteen chapters illustrate the range of issues that can arise in malpractice suits. An appendix lists leading cases that have shaped medical malpractice law.

Table of Contents


Part I: Legal, Medical, and Ethical Standards
1. Threshold Considerations: When Doctors and Patients Collide
2. The Lawyer's Duty of Care
3. The Common Law of Medical Malpractice
4. Discovering and Proving the Standard of Care in a World of Specialization
5. Economics, Ethics, and the Standard of Care: Emerging Issues
6. Tort Reform: Legislation, Courts, and State Constitutions

Part II: Assessing and Proving Damages
7. Assessing and Proving Compensatory Damages
8. Punitive Damages: Goals and Standards

Part III: Gathering Evidence and Developing Strategies
9. Obtaining and Reviewing Medical Records
10. Choosing and Using an Effective Expert Witness
11. Special Problems Related to Therapeutic Drug-Induced Injuries
12. Multiple Parties: Issues, Concerns, and Strategies
13. Preparing for Trial: Integrating Law and Medicine

Suggested Readings in Case Law
General Index
Index of Cases

About the Author(s)

Frank M. McClellan is a litigator and law professor at the Temple University School of Law.