AN ANALYSIS OF THE PROOF OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE UNDER NIGERIAN LAW

AN ANALYSIS OF THE PROOF OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE UNDER NIGERIAN LAW

Litigation against professionals such as; lawyers, Medical Practitioners, engineers, surveyors, architects, accountants, among others, for professional negligence, unethical practice or incompetence are not common in this country. This is so notwithstanding the fact that very grave consequences may result from the acts of these professionals.1 This phenomenon is most apparent in the medical profession. It is a settled fact that the medical profession is one profession that is indispensable in today’s civilized world. It is one profession whose activities touches on the lives of virtually all members of the society and one profession that literally holds in its hands, the power of life and death.