Vera Lúcia Raposo, ‘I (Won’t) See You in Court Alternative Dispute Resolution for Medical Liability Conflicts: Examples from Europe’

ABSTRACT
In many jurisdictions, courts and the related tort liability rules have failed to adequately address conflicts arising from healthcare delivery that has caused harm. The litigation model – the classic model used to deal with medical liability – must be, if not replaced, at least supplemented by another model, and alternative dispute resolution is best suited to this task. Because conflicts are resolved in a less adversarial environment than a courtroom and led by people with knowledge of both medicine and law, alternative dispute resolution promotes a congenial procedure, is faster and cheaper than traditional litigation and can provide more satisfactory outcomes for all parties. This paper reviews some of the failures of litigation as a means of resolving disputes related to medical liability and considers how alternative dispute resolution methods can address these failures, providing some examples from civil law jurisdictions in Europe.

Vera Lúcia Raposo, I (Won’t) See You in Court Alternative Dispute Resolution for Medical Liability Conflicts: Examples from Europe, European Review of Private Law, Volume 28, Issue 6 (2020) pp 1273–1294.

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