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Aggravated Damages Awards for Medical Negligence: A Need to Strengthen Medical Professionalism

Jahn Kassim, Puteri Nemie and Rosli, Muhammad Noor Firdaus (2021) Aggravated Damages Awards for Medical Negligence: A Need to Strengthen Medical Professionalism. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences (MJMHS), 17 (5). p. 59. E-ISSN 2636-9346

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Aggravated Damages are awarded by the courts to compensate for injuries to feelings affecting pride and dignity, humiliation as well as mental distress. In Malaysia, this form of damages has been common in cases of assault, false imprisonment, defamation and malicious prosecution. However, the Federal Court in the case of Dr Hari Krishnan v Megat Noor Ishak [2018] 3 MLJ 281 has allowed Aggravated Damages to be awarded in medical negligence claims as the court held that such injuries are real injuries affecting a person’s body. This research will employ the Qualitative research method, namely, Content Analysis. The award of Aggravated Damages has presently become a common trend in medical negligence claims in Malaysia. The aggravating factors that have led to the award include: (i) insolent behaviour of the medical practitioner towards the patient and family members causing distress and anxiety; (ii) negative conduct displayed throughout the trial; (iii) failure to follow hospital guidelines; (iv) inaccurate information and dishonesty in documentation; (v) suppression of the patient’s medical records. Such development in the law on medical negligence is worrying and can be viewed as diminishing the core values of medical professionalism in upholding integrity, compassion, altruism, continuous improvement, and excellence in providing care to the patients. Although the working environment may be more hectic and stressful, the medical profession needs to rethink and strengthen the set of values, behaviours as well as relationships that serve as the foundation of public trust in the profession. In all eventualities, medical professionalism should continuously be upheld, preserved, and thrive regardless of the challenging times

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1830/91330
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aggravated damages; Medical negligence; Court litigation; Mental stress; Medical professionalism
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Professor Dr Puteri Nemie Jahn Kassim
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 22:17
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 22:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/91330

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