Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
: 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1-

Special issue on medicolegal issues in neurology

Subhash Kaul1, Suvarna Alladi2,  
1 Department of Neurology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Subhash Kaul
Department of Neurology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana

How to cite this article:
Kaul S, Alladi S. Special issue on medicolegal issues in neurology.Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2016;19:1-1

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Kaul S, Alladi S. Special issue on medicolegal issues in neurology. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Feb 5 ];19:1-1
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Despite the impressive advances made in the field of neurosciences in the last decade, there are areas where the clinical manifestations are variable and investigative approaches are complex. There are situations where the diagnosis is not immediately clear and may unfold only with time. There are diseases which do not have a satisfactory treatment for which an informed neurologist may try potentially effective but expensive therapies, which in some cases may have undesirable complications including mortality. Inability to grasp the complexity of situation and failure to get the expected results causes some patients and their attendents to be dissatified and take recourse to litigation against the unsuspecting neurologist. Such a constant fear of litigation will not only make the neurologists defensive thereby blunting their therapeutic sharpness, but will also deprive the patients from the possible benefit of intervention.

In this special issue of Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, perspectives of experienced neurologists, medicolegal experts and lawyers are presented in a range of articles. Common and specific challenges that are unique to neurological practice, with a focus on frequently litigated areas are shared by neurologists who have effectively dealt with these challenges. Principles to be followed for reducing legal liability and practical recommendations are provided by medical and legal experts. Legal terms are defined and prevailing laws and judicial opinions of the Indian courts are discussed. Issues that are potential sources of concern for practising doctors such as compensation are addressed. A distinctive feature of the issue is that certain emerging areas that are special to neurological practice are highlighted, that include: responsibility towards ensuring rights of persons with neurological disability and assessing the decision making capacity in persons with cognitive disorders. Further, the crucial role of palliative care in patients with progressive neurological disorders is elucidated.

We hope that this issue will help neurologists to enhance their practice of neurology by giving their best to their patients by the latest management strategies, while at the same time prevent any medicolegal complication by paying attention to proper communication with patients and their families, and by proper documentation of records.


We would like to thank and acknowledge the services of Dr. Shailaja Mekala as an editorial assistant for this special issue.