Case studies

Incomplete notes on femur fracture

1 October 2005

Thorough examination and recording of findings is a vital part of good clinical practice, and can assist in the defence of claims at a later date.

Anatomy of a claim
A rarity within a rarity – when presenting symptoms don't quite add up

31 August 2004

In cases where there has been a delayed diagnosis, or where a diagnosis is made only after an unfortunate outcome, the successful defence of a claim often depends on whether the practitioners involved have investigated the presenting symptoms to an appropriate degree.

Undetected pulmonary embolism in a mildly asthmatic patient

31 August 2004

This is a problem that is often difficult to diagnose and has given rise to a number of general practice claims.

Old lady
Decision to refuse treatment

An elderly diabetic patient's refusal take her medication causes serious concerns for her doctor.

Man in mirror
No scalpel vasectomy

A patient suffered a scrotal haematoma following no-scalpel vasectomy