A Duty to Whom?

Perle, Stephen M.
July 2009
ACA News (American Chiropractic Association);Jul2009, Vol. 5 Issue 7, p19
Case Study
The article presents a case study of medical ethics regarding the significance of independent medical exam (IME) conducted to a certain patient in Arizona. It discusses a malpractice case between Ritchie, the patient and Krasner, the orthopedic surgeon and questions whether Krasner is devoid of duty to the subject of IME because there is no doctor-patient relationship. Eventually, the court states that the doctor may have a duty to the patient even in the absence of a formal-doctor relationship.


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