The Role of ADR in Resolving Disputes Related to Medical Negligence


  • Divyansh Singh Sisodiya Student, BBA LLB, Symbiosis Law School, Nagpur
  • Satyam Dwivedi Student, LLB, Law Center 1, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.



Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Healthcare, Mediation, Medical Negligence.


In today’s fast-paced world, a rapid rise in instances of Medical Negligence has been observed since the last decade. Cases of Medical Negligence happen when healthcare practitioners like doctors, and nurses, or when any hospital deviates from its standard duty of care, the consequence of which results in harm and injury to a patient. Due to the failure of medical professionals to exercise due care, individuals and their families may pursue recompense for the injuries suffered as a result of the misconduct and negligence exhibited by doctors, nurses, or other healthcare practitioners. The disputes related to medical negligence are generally settled by the traditional justice system i.e., Litigation which involves appearing before the Hon’ble Court and having a Judge decide on a particular dispute in question. In light of the protracted and costly nature of our nation’s legal system, which often yields results that may not meet the parties’ desired outcomes, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation, have emerged as prominent approaches for resolving medical malpractice disputes involving healthcare practitioners. These ADR procedures are currently considered as feasible alternatives to the extended and expensive litigation procedure. ADR mechanism enables disputing parties to let them resolve their disagreements outside the court in a more cooperative as well as efficient manner. A mediator is a neutral third party that encourages conversation between opposing parties and eventually assists them in reaching an equitable settlement agreed upon by both disputing parties. In contrast, a neutral third person, known as an arbitrator, participates in the arbitration court and listens to the evidence of the parties engaged in the dispute before making a binding judgment on the case’s conclusion.


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How to Cite

Sisodiya, D. S., & Dwivedi, S. (2024). The Role of ADR in Resolving Disputes Related to Medical Negligence. International Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 9(1), 34–41.





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