For citation purposes: Jerjes W, Upile T. English law for the surgeon III: Loss of Chance: Gregg v Scott revisited. Head Neck Oncol. 2012 Oct 14;4(3):67.


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English law for the surgeon III: loss of chance:

W Jerjes*, T Upile

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(1) Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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Traditionally, in the United Kingdom and Europe, a surgeon is generally not troubled by litigation from patients presenting elective as well as emergency cases, but this aspect of custom has changed. Litigation by patients now significantly affects surgical practice and vicarious liability often affects hospitals. We discuss some fundamental legal definitions, a must know for a surgeon, and highlight some interesting cases.

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