Analysis of Medicolegal Cases in a Tertiary Care Hospital of South Kerala

Authors

  • Prince.M.Paul1 , Stelin Agnes Michael2 , Roney Thomas3 , P.Babu4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10429

Keywords:

Medicolegal cases, Emergency department, demographic profile

Abstract

Medicolegal cases (MLC) are presented to Emergency department (ED) of almost all hospitals in our nation

after the Supreme Court guidelines stating that ‘the paramount duty of a doctor is to save the life of a

person’. Hospitals should be equipped with infrastructure as well as treating doctors in combating such cases

where documentation and treatment should be meticulously done.

This study is conducted in a tertiary care hospital in South Kerala where profile of MLC was analysed during

the years 2016 -17. A total of 10,001 cases were studied which is unique compared to previous studies.

Males dominated in the MLC with road traffic accident (RTA), fall from height and work place injuries

formed the major share in the pattern of cases. Most of these cases were presented to ED between first and

sixth hour of occurrence

Author Biography

Prince.M.Paul1 , Stelin Agnes Michael2 , Roney Thomas3 , P.Babu4

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, 2Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, 3Associate

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, 4 Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Pushpagiri Institute

of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Tiruvalla, Kerala

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Prince.M.Paul1 , Stelin Agnes Michael2 , Roney Thomas3 , P.Babu4. (2020). Analysis of Medicolegal Cases in a Tertiary Care Hospital of South Kerala. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 574-578. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10429