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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 15, Issue 1, May 2015 pp 68-70

Research Article

Profile of medico-legal cases at tertiary care centre

Raju K1, Hemanth Raj M N2

1Associate Professor, 2Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Hospital,

Sira Road, Tumkur- 572106, Karnataka, INDIA.

The casualty department is backbone of every Hospital because almost all cases of Medical emergencies reported first to Casualty Department of Hospital, and apart from these Medical emergencies, Casualty Department also deals with the Medico legal cases more frequently than any other department of Hospital The study was conducted in a retrospective manner and all the Medico-legal cases which came to the emergency department of the hospital between Jan 2014 to Dec 2014 were studied. The males were the dominant group (67.6%). The most of the victims were of the age group 21-30 years (45.1%). The Road traffic accident cases had the highest incidence in relation to the cause of admission (36.9%), followed by poisoning. Most of the patients (53.2%) reported in the hospital within one hour of sustaining the injury/other causes. In simple language it is a medical case with legal implications for the attending doctor where the attending doctor, after eliciting history and examining the patient, thinks that some investigation by law enforcement agencies is essential.