The Firm is highly specialized in the field of medical malpractice and health law. It represents and advises, in and out of court, health facilities and single physicians and healthcare professionals, as well as individuals suing for medical malpractice. Professor Ruffolo has been one of the first Italian scholars to tackle the legal issues of medical malpractice, and has also authored and co-authored several important publications in the field (most recently, “La nuova responsabilità medica”, Milan, Giuffrè, 2018).
The Firm represents victims of medical malpractice (surgical and diagnostic errors, breaches of the patients’ right to informed consent, pre-natal injuries, nosocomial infections, damage caused by defective medical devices, etc.) in disputes vis-à-vis health facilities and single physicians for compensation of damage suffered by the patients and/or their family members. The Firm assists the client in all aspects of litigation, in and out of court, also in the pre-trial phase, so as to try to reach an amicable settling of the dispute.
Furthermore, the practitioners of the Firm provide counsel and assistance also in favour of health facilities, both public and private, and healthcare professionals. In particular, the Firm assists health facilities in the drafting of all contracts pertaining to their activity, in the participation in tendering procedures for the supply of medical devices, in setting up and planning risk management and risk assessment procedures and structuring the related insurance coverage, as well as in managing all issues connected with data protection.
News and Insights
Also this year, in the months of October, November and December 2021, a cycle of seminars on "Artificial Intelligence and Law" will be held ib Bologna, organized by the School of Law and the Higher School of Legal Studies of Bologna and coordinated by Prof. Ruffolo. The first seminar will be held on October 7, 2021, from 3pm to 5pm.
Issue no. 2/2021 of the journal Giurisprudenza Italiana hosts a monographic section on medical liability, edited by Prof. Enrico Gabrielli and Prof. Ugo Ruffolo.
Italian rules on class actions and collective inhibitory actions have been revolutionized by a reform (law no. 31/2019) whose entry into force, following several postponements, is now scheduled for May 2021.
The book “Intelligenza Artificiale – Il diritto, i diritti, l’etica”, edited by Prof. Ruffolo and published by Giuffrè Francis-Lefebvre, is now available.
As in China, Singapore and South Korea, a contact tracing app is also being developed in Italy. The app will be able, during the so-called "Phase 2" of the health emergency, to monitor the individual's contacts with infected subjects, based on the recording of the position of the individual’s smartphone with respect to other devices.
The current state of emergency relating to the spread of Covid-19 (“Coronavirus”), also following the measures adopted by the Government to contain the spread of contagion, places businesses, but also individual citizens, in the face of new problems, also of a legal nature