Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed 98:26-30 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-302095
  • Problem Solving in Clinical Practice

Going legal

  1. Simon Lindsay3
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Department of Child Health, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
  3. 3Department of Clinical Risk, Bevan Brittan, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tony Lopez, Department of Child Health, Derriford Hospital, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK; tony.lopez{at}
  • Received 31 May 2012
  • Revised 31 May 2012
  • Accepted 4 October 2012
  • Published Online First 4 December 2012


A 16-year-old girl is admitted with a paracetamol overdose, but refuses treatment. This article explores the legal, ethical and practical aspects of this case, which led ultimately to an application to the court for a judicial order.

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