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A physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist is treating a patient, and during the treatment period, the patient unfortunately takes his own life. The family members are anguished and angry, and they claim that the doctor was negligent in failing to take the proper steps to prevent the tragic event. The question of whether or not they will prevail in a medical malpractice action depends on the specific facts of the case, focusing on the reasonableness of the treatment in light of the patient's history.
Liability for Curbside Consults
In preparing certain types of medical malpractice cases, the use of a good pathologist as an expert witness can help the jury to understand the complex medical issues underlying the patient's injury. However, before an attorney picks a pathologist to testify, he or she should understand the medical specialty of pathology.