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Mthokozisi Maphumulo, associate and litigation attorney, Adams and Adams
Will medical negligence cases spike post Covid-19?Article

South African courts already see a large number of medical malpractice/negligence cases every day. Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our already stretched health system is at capacity...

Mthokozisi Maphumulo 3 days ago

Effective healthcare in SA faces new set of obstacles
Effective healthcare in SA faces new set of obstaclesArticle

Recent legal actions against practising medical professionals may deter new entrants and cause experienced practitioners to retire, which has dire consequences for effective healthcare delivery in SA...

Merlita Kennedy, Victoria Campos and Jared Ishmael 3 Aug 2020

Medical malpractice and culpable homicide - the cost of a mistake
Medical malpractice and culpable homicide - the cost of a mistakeArticle

There is overwhelming pride and joy in graduating with a medical degree. There are also many challenges for an aspiring doctor, and one of which is understanding the legal implications of professional negligence...

Samantha Varela 31 Jul 2020

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A new environment for insurers and claimantsArticle

After the likely spike in insurance claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, insurers are likely to introduce new or change existing exclusionary clauses which were not previously considered to be necessary.

Maria Philippides, Raynold Tlhavani, Caroline Theodosiou, Lisa Swaine, Justin Malherbe & Kim Rew 19 Mar 2020

Arthur Kamp, economist, Sanlam Investments
South Africa's choices amidst fiscal consolidation failureArticle

South Africa took a wrong turn at its fiscal crossroads a number of years ago, and the road taken has led us to chronic budget shortfalls and a growing debt burden...

Arthur Kamp 24 Feb 2020

Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages
Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damagesArticle

In a recent landmark judgment, MSM obo KBM v The Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng High Court handed down a ruling in December 2019 in which it developed the common law to allow for payment of future damages by providing services instead of money in certain medical negligence cases involving State hospitals...

Sandra Sithole 20 Jan 2020

Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?
Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?Article

The current ambulance and EMS crisis in South Africa is making it less and less likely that patients will get the medical help they need in time. A critical shortage of ambulances is resulting in an unnecessary number of patients dying or suffering further harm due to delays and "no shows"...

26 Jun 2019

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Hospital-acquired infections in SA hospitals are on the rise, especially in childrenArticle

A rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria means that many patients end up worse off as a result of infections acquired within the hospital setting...

11 Jun 2019

Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?
Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?Article

For 10 years it seemed as if the law relating to the commencement of the running of prescription in medical negligence matters was clear and settled. Then, 10 years later, came Links' case, in the Constitutional Court...

John Saner, Issued by LexisNexis 28 May 2019

Are agreements in restraint of trade enforceable?
Are agreements in restraint of trade enforceable?Article

There is a common misconception amongst many members of the public, and indeed the legal profession, that agreements in restraint of trade are invalid and unenforceable. As a matter of fact, and law, nothing could be further from the truth...

John Saner, Issued by LexisNexis 14 May 2019

When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?
When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?Article

All surgery carries an inherent risk, whether it's elective or not. However, when the cause of a botched cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is clearly due to negligence by medical staff, the patient can pursue a medical malpractice claim...

7 May 2019

Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA
Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SAArticle

A comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA has now been published by Natmed under the title Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa...

Donald Dinnie 3 May 2019

When is a debt not a 'debt'?
When is a debt not a 'debt'?Article

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the word "debt" in the 1969 Prescription Act covered just about any obligation to do anything. However, since 2017, a "debt" has a more constrained meaning...

John Saner, Issued by LexisNexis 21 Feb 2019

How will the State Liability Amendment Bill affect victims?
How will the State Liability Amendment Bill affect victims?Article

According to Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys, the proposed State Liability Amendment Bill will have dire consequences for medical malpractice claimants...

31 Oct 2018

Why medical devices should carry warranties
Why medical devices should carry warrantiesArticle

Throughout the world, legal cases against pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medical devices such as implants for treatment of specific conditions are on the increase, as patients are not always properly informed about how the device works...

Martha Smit and Daniel Mwale 25 Oct 2018

Donald Dinnie
When sorry seems to be the hardest wordArticle

When things go wrong, appropriate communication with a patient and their relatives is a skill perfected over time. ..

Donald Dinnie 16 May 2018

Medical Malpractice in South Africa
Medical Malpractice in South AfricaArticle

Medical Malpractice in South Africa deals with the practical aspects of medical negligence litigation from a substantive, procedural and ethical point of view...

Issued by LexisNexis 9 May 2018

Malpractice claims on the rise
Malpractice claims on the riseArticle

There's been an "explosion" of medical malpractice litigation claims in the country over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust...

17 Apr 2018

How much is a personal injury claim worth?
How much is a personal injury claim worth?Article

A reasonable question most people have when considering a personal injury claim is how much compensation they can expect...

5 Apr 2018

Labour Court upholds Shevel son's dismissal from Headache Clinic
Labour Court upholds Shevel son's dismissal from Headache ClinicArticle

The Labour Court has upheld a ruling that a father was correct in firing his son from his medical facility in Johannesburg...

Naledi Shange 21 Dec 2017

10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare
10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcareArticle

According to an Econex survey commissioned by the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) in 2015, there were just 60 doctors per 100,000 people in 2013; whereas the world average is 152...

7 Dec 2017

Medical negligence claims rise by 25%
Medical negligence claims rise by 25%Article

There's been a sharp rise in medical negligence claims against provincial health departments increasing by around 25% per year between 2011 and 2016...

26 Sep 2017

Six important steps to hiring a personal injury lawyer
Six important steps to hiring a personal injury lawyerArticle

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is not that complicated, and if you follow the right steps you will find the best attorneys that will represent you and get you the proper compensation you deserve...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 12 May 2017

Insurance could balance the legal scales
Insurance could balance the legal scalesArticle

There is a famous saying: If you have the law, hammer the law. If you have the facts, hammer the facts. If you have neither the law nor the facts, hammer the table...

Sharon Snell 22 Jul 2016

Six things to consider before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit
Six things to consider before filing a medical malpractice lawsuitArticle

Any time that you are injured by a medical device, physician, medicine or medical procedure you may have a legitimate medical malpractice case. It is important to remember the details, as in-depth as possible, regarding your adverse medical event...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 1 Jun 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Why are medical lawsuits so controversial?Article

If you suffer from serious side effects after taking a new medication, or your physician is negligent, it is only natural that you would want some form of compensation for your injuries...

Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 25 May 2016

[Orchids & Onions] Keeping it real clinches the deal - while fake just won't make it
[Orchids & Onions] Keeping it real clinches the deal - while fake just won't make itArticle

One of the things that irritates me intensely at the moment is all the anodyne, mid-Atlantic, semi-European big brand ads that are littering our TV screens...

Brendan Seery 17 Jun 2015

Capping malpractice claims could reduce doctors' insurance costs
Capping malpractice claims could reduce doctors' insurance costsArticle

At the HASA 2014 conference held in Johannesburg, Donald Dinnie, a director at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, stated that the capping of medical malpractice claims was one way to deal with the spiralling costs related to medical defence cases burdening the healthcare sector.

21 Oct 2014

CPD accreditation for Camargue lab training
CPD accreditation for Camargue lab trainingArticle

Training courses presented by Camargue Underwriting Managers through its Liability Academy for Brokers (LAB) are now CPD accredited. This was recently confirmed by the Insurance Institute of South Africa.

22 Feb 2013

De-registered doctor working at SA hospitalArticle

A doctor jailed for medical malpractice in the United Kingdom for putting patients at risk of contracting Hepatitis B is now working at an Eastern Cape hospital.

Mphumzi Zuzile 11 Oct 2012

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