Flashcards in Examples of medical negligence: Failure to take medical history Deck (5):
What are the main cases for this example?
1. Chin Kiow v Gov of Malaysia
2. Giurelli v Girgis
3. Locher v Turner
What are the facts of Chin Kiow v Gov of Malaysia?
Woman had ulcer on her right ankle and had swollen glands in her thigh.
Doctor in charge gave her a shot of penicillin, she died within the hour.
Doctor did not take medical history, if he had he would have discovered the person is allergic to penicillin.
Held: Doctor breached DOC
What are the facts of Giurelli v Girgis
Man had bad break in his leg. He had a plate put in.
Patient referred to physiotherapist and made more complaints about pain in his leg. He was a serial complainer, so physiotherapist dismissed his complaints.
He stood up and leg broke in three further places, pain was an indication that the leg wasn't healing.
Held: Doctor breached obligation.
He also had limited amount of time that the doctor was seeing each patient and failure to listen to patient's clear complaints of pain.
What is Giurelli v Girgis authority for?
Doctors have an ongoing obligation to take medical history of the patient.