ML: Medical Liability and Negligence Bezar/Guerrini)
R 5:30PM - 8:15PM
Silverman Hall 52
Masters in Law
This course is designed for students with an interest in health care, medical malpractice, patient safety, complex tort issues and medical legal issues. It is ideal for those in the medical field and those pursuing employment in the medical profession.
This course will provide an insider’s perspective on medical malpractice claims and the medico-legal considerations that those working in healthcare encounter in their daily work. We will begin with an introduction on basic concepts of negligence (tort) law. After covering these foundations, we will then discuss medical liability issues arising from the treatment relationship between health care providers and their patients. Topics will include the procedural elements that must be met before a suit can be filed; discovery that typically occurs in medical malpractice cases; specific claims and defenses that can be made in a malpractice case; the role and function of expert witnesses; the trend towards alternative dispute resolution; and an analysis of other health care issues.
Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.
Health Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.
"Law and Health Care Quality, Patient Safety, and Medical Liability" by Furrow, Greaney, Johnson, Jost & Schwartz