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The Legal Doctrine on the Liability of Physicians in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

 SuHwan Shin  ;  Seung Gyeong Jang  ;  KyeongTae Min  ;  Won Lee  ;  So Yoon Kim 
 Journal of Korean Medical Science, Vol.33(9) : e46, 2018 
Journal Title
 Journal of Korean Medical Science 
Issue Date
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes ; Jurisprudence ; Malpractice
BACKGROUND: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) involves severe pain and it is difficult to identify the exact cause or pathogenesis. Therefore, there are controversies regarding legal issues related to the establishment of damage in medical malpractice lawsuits involving CRPS. This study aimed to analyze malpractice lawsuits involving CRPS, which occurred after the disputed medical treatment, to provide information on the courts' opinion and characteristics of the cases. METHODS: This study analyzed 23 lawsuit judgments involving CRPS that were sentenced from 2005 to 2015. RESULTS: A total of 12 of the 23 cases were partially ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The average amount (KRW) claimed was 470,638,385 +/- 860,634,092 (21,000,000 to 4,020,000,000), and that awarded was 72,906,843 +/- 53,389,367 (15,000,000 to 181,080,803). Sixteen of the 23 cases had CRPS type I. In 11 of 23 cases, the site of the pain was located in the lower limb and in 14 cases there was no presence of trauma or event prior to medical treatment. CONCLUSION: Nerve injury was the most frequent reason for taking responsibility in compensating damage in malpractice cases involving CRPS. Physicians should consider various possibilities of such complications in medical practices. It is important to identify and improve areas which need to be improved for patient safety through analyzing the lawsuit judgment cases.
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Yonsei Authors
Kim, So Yoon(김소윤) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7015-357X
Min, Kyeong Tae(민경태) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3299-4500
Lee, Won(이원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6948-6948
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