Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Professional Responsibility in Thyroid Surgery: Complication or Error?

Author(s): Maricla Marrone, Alessandra Stellacci, Gaetano Achille, Ettore Gorini, Luigi Buongiorno, Benedetta Pia De Luca, Ferorelli Davide, Gerardo Cazzato, Laura Marrone, Pierluigi Caricato, Leonardelli Mirko, Stefania Lonero Baldassarra, Francesca Tarantino, Angela Pezzolla, Francesco Vinci & Alessandro Dell???Erba

Thyroidectomy is an operation with a high percentage of post-operative complications that can lead to severe disabilities. This leads to a high number of claims which often do not translate into objective assessments by Consultants and Judges. In light of these data and the frequent litigation in the surgical field, the authors examined ten sentences issued between 2018 and 2021 relating to claims for damages for alleged health malpractice. This article aims to examine the nature of the compensation claims for alleged health malpractice in the field of thyroid surgery and to offer ideas for an objective assessment based on the legislation in force in Italy.

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