Medical Negligence and Childbirth 2nd Edition



Format: Paperback


Edition: 2nd


Extent: 504


ISBN: 9781526515995


Imprint: Bloomsbury Professional


Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

Published: 11-02-2021



RRP : €225.00

The second edition of this well-received book from 2015, which was named 'Legal Book of the Year' at the Irish Law Awards in 2016, takes account of recent developments in the area of medical negligence and childbirth.

With contributions from world-leading experts in obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and other related specialties, this book will equip legal practitioners with the knowledge they need to advise on complex birth-related injuries.

The second edition contains ten brand new chapters covering issues including termination of pregnancy, autism, inquests and fatal injuries actions, as well as actions for wrongful birth. The up-to-date practice and procedure in medical negligence litigation is made clear, and quantum is explained in a readily comprehensible fashion.

As well as covering the legal implications of the various birth-related injuries, including analysing UK and Irish case law, the book also uniquely explains birth injuries from a medical perspective. This book will prove useful to both lawyers and medical professionals alike.


Part I: Practice and Procedure

Litigation and Risk Management
Civil Procedure in Medical Negligence
Coroners Inquests
Expert Evidence (incorporating 'The Midwife as Expert')

Part II: Consent

Self-Determination in Childbirth: The Law of Consent

Part III: Brain Injury

What is Cerebral Palsy?
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Neonatal Resuscitation
The Law
Timing Fetal Brain Damage Caused by Acute Near Total Asphyxia
Timing Fetal Brain Damage Caused by Chronic Partial Asphyxia
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Part IV: Other Injuries

Failed Pregnancy
Termination of Pregnancy
Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury
Injury caused by Forceps Delivery
Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury

Urological Injury relating to Childbirth
Pre-term Birth Complications
Identification of Fetal Anomalies on Ultrasound
Wrongful Conception, Wrongful Birth & Wrongful Life Actions Psychiatric Injury relating to Childbirth
Psychosexual Injury relating to Childbirth
Wrongful Death Actions

Part IV: Quantum of Damages

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