Medical Malpractice: The Extent, Consequences and Causes of the Problem

Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 78, p. 269-284, 2015

16 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2015

See all articles by WT Oosthuizen

WT Oosthuizen

University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law

Pieter Carstens

University of Pretoria

Date Written: May 21, 2015

Abstract

In recent years South Africa has seen a sharp increase in medical malpractice litigation. A number of factors have contributed to this increase and doctors as well as other healthcare providers have been profoundly affected thereby. It seems as though the proliferation of claims for the adverse consequences of medical intervention, which has been a rising global trend, has eventually reached our shores. Not only has there been an increase in the frequency of claims, but the amounts that have been awarded have also risen significantly.

Keywords: medical malpractice litigation, extent, consequences and causes of, frequency of claims, amount of claims

Suggested Citation

Oosthuizen, WT and Carstens, Pieter, Medical Malpractice: The Extent, Consequences and Causes of the Problem (May 21, 2015). Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 78, p. 269-284, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2693960

WT Oosthuizen (Contact Author)

University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law ( email )

Lynnwood Road
Pretoria, 5100
South Africa

Pieter Carstens

University of Pretoria ( email )

Physical Address Economic and Management Sciences
Pretoria, Gauteng 0002
South Africa

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
456
Abstract Views
1,284
rank
70,174
PlumX Metrics