Bolam with the benefit of hindsight

Barton-Hanson, Jem and Barton-Hanson, Renu ORCID: (2016) Bolam with the benefit of hindsight. Medicine, Science and the Law, 56 (4) . pp. 275-284. ISSN 0025-8024 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0025802416657262)

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The aim of this article is to consider the effects of hindsight bias on findings of negligence in medico-legal litigation and of the potential of the original Bolam direction to eliminate bias from the decision making process. The Bolam test may have been expanded beyond its appropriate scope in the past but these excesses have now largely been undone. It will be shown that Bolam still has an important role to play in tort cases. By considering breach of duty cases in which the Bolitho “gloss” has been applied attention is drawn to the potential dangers of disregarding practices within the medical profession.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print July 8, 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 19435
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Depositing User: Renu Barton-Hanson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 20:59

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