Medico Legal Corner
What is res ipsa loquitur?
Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta, 08 August 2018
Res ipsa loquitur translates as ‘the thing speaks for itself.’ In a case where negligence is evident, the principle of res ipsa loquitur operates and the complainant does not have to prove anything as the thing (res) proves itself. In such cases, it is for the respondent to prove that he has taken care and done his duty to repel the charge of negligence.Following are illustrations where the principle of res ipsa loquitur has been made applicable in the case of medical negligenc
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