The trial concerned a fictional case of the patient Mrs Smith who was admitted for an elective incisional hernia repair which resulted in an infection of her small bowel leading to a severe sepsis infection and admission to ITU.
The issues considered in the cross-examination of the hernia surgeons playing the roles of the expert witnesses and the colo-rectal surgeon concerned:
(1) Informed consent process
(2) Negligent surgery (causing bowel damage)
(3) Failure to subsequently identify the injury and/or re-admit the patient for surgical investigation.
The mock clinical negligence trial was followed by an in-depth discussion by the barristers and consultant surgeons as to the standards of care involved in hernia repair surgery with audience participation from the many hundreds of medical delegates present.
Chris Kennedy KC played the role of the Judge - click here to view Chris's clinical negligence CV.
Julie-Anne Luck played the role of Defendant Counsel - click here to view Julie-Anne's clinical negligence CV.
Matthew Snarr played the role of Claimant Counsel - click here to view Matthew's clinical negligence CV.