Medical Negligence Dispute in Malaysia: Choosing Mediation as the Best Constructive Approach to Address the Paradoxes in Medical Negligence Claims
Keywords:Medical Negligence Claims, Adversarial System, Burden of proof, ADR, Mediation, Malaysia
AbstractIn professional negligence the most challenging and arduous is medical negligence, which consists of various claims. Medical negligence will usually involve doctors and other medical practitioners. In medical negligence the claimant is allowed to bring a personal injury claim to a court which has the jurisdiction under adversarial system. However it is evident from reported cases that medical negligence claims were mostly unsuccessful. The reason lies on the notion of the burden of proof, which cast a heavy burden on the plaintiff according to the fault system. In medical negligence claims, plaintiffs will more often than not, find it very difficult to discharge their burden of proof. In most countries, professional negligence claims are recommended to be dealt with by way of mediation under Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation is believed to be easier than litigation and is less complicated. Malaysia is among those countries which has enhanced significantly the utility of ADR. This paper will endeavour to address the problems in proving medical negligence cases by using one of the strongest tools of ADR which is mediation.
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Mohd Mokhtar, M. F. (2022). Medical Negligence Dispute in Malaysia: Choosing Mediation as the Best Constructive Approach to Address the Paradoxes in Medical Negligence Claims. European Journal of Natural Sciences and Medicine, 5(2), 77–89. https://doi.org/10.26417/ejis.v4i2.p202-211
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