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Physician and Hospital Owe Duty to Family Members of Patient

A federal district court in New York ruled that a physician and hospital owed a duty to family members of a patient who were killed by the patient after he was released from the hospital’s Emergency Department in an impaired mental state. Accordingly, the court rejected the physician’s and hospital’s motions to dismiss the negligence lawsuits filed against them by the estates of the slain family members.

Torres v. Faxton St. Lukes Healthcare

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Can text messages be used by our physicians and other health care professionals to communicate about patients and issue orders?

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