volume 29, issue 5, P622-629 2015
DOI: 10.3109/02688697.2015.1054362
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Louise Steele, Soumya Mukherjee, Ashley Stratton-Powell, Ian Anderson, Jake Timothy

Abstract: Neurosurgical litigation in NHS hospitals has significantly increased over the last decade, predominantly due to spinal claims. A neurosurgical claim has a very high likelihood of success, and even for unsuccessful claims, associated legal fees are considerable. Causes of claims are differently distributed between cranial and spinal neurosurgery, although overall, delay to diagnosis accounted for the predominant share of claims volume and damages. There was a significant medicolegal burden associated with seri…

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