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Preparing And Winning Medical Negligence Cases
     

Preparing And Winning Medical Negligence Cases

by Cyril H. Wecht
 
Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases provides extensive information for lawyers regarding medical malpractice suits from both a legal and medical perspectives. It makes complex topics such as anatomy, physiology and pathology of various organ systems and the clinical diagnoses rendered by medical specialists accessible to lawyers bringing or

Overview

Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases provides extensive information for lawyers regarding medical malpractice suits from both a legal and medical perspectives. It makes complex topics such as anatomy, physiology and pathology of various organ systems and the clinical diagnoses rendered by medical specialists accessible to lawyers bringing or defending medical malpractice cases. The knowledge and experience contained in this work will provide invaluable information for attorneys in both the pretrial preparation and actual trial of medical negligence cases.

Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases brings together the combined knowledge and experience of outstanding medical-legal teachers and writers for the purpose of educating attorneys about the difficult, variegated, and controversial subject of medical malpractice. It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of a legal area that has been the subject of as much oral and written commentary in the past twenty years as medical malpractice. Unfortunately, many of these speeches, publications, and special programs have generated far more heat than light on this complex and controversial topic. As a result, confusion and misunderstanding have precipitated hostility among a great majority of physicians toward lawyers, particularly plaintiffs' trial attorneys. Addressing this issue, this volume was prepared by prominent, experienced medical specialists, all of whom have had much involvement and interest in legal medicine for many years. Therefore, although the chapters are substantive, solid reviews from the perspective of medical specialists, they also are geared to address important issuesencountered at the interface of law and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578232383
Publisher:
Juris Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/17/2009
Pages:
1294

Meet the Author

Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, FCAP, FASCP received his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his JD degree from the University of Maryland. Certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, he is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Formerly he was the Chairman of the Department of Pathology and President of the Medical Staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh. He also served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County for a total of 20 years. He is now actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, as an author—with over 525 publications to his credit—and lecturer.

Dr. Wecht’s achievements extend to academia where, in addition to lecturing at Yale Medical School, Harvard Law School, at the FBI Academy, and the Medical Division of the CIA, he is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health; he is Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University Schools of Law, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences; Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Pathology, Carlow University; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law; Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and former Chairman of both the Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. He has served as Vice Chairman of the American Board of DisasterMedicine and is a Charter Diplomate of both the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American Board of Disaster Medicine.

Called to testify in more than 1,000 civil, criminal, and workers compensation cases throughout the United States and abroad, he has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows to give his evaluation of the medico-legal and forensic scientific aspects of high profile cases ranging from the assassinations of Pres. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to the deaths of JonBenét Ramsey, Amadou Diallo, Laci Peterson, Anna Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and Chandra Levy, among many others.

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