Risk Management

2019 April Bulletin: Duty of Care

April 2019 Risk Management Bulletin

When is a Physician’s Legal Duty of Care Established?

Physicians often ask at what point the physician-patient relationship begins Does a scheduled appointment for a new patient create a legal duty? What about a curbside consult? Does treatment in the ED establish a duty for follow up care? As with many medico-legal issues, it depends. OMIC has created resources to answer such questions. Click on the links at right to learn more about how to reduce your liability in these situations.


When is a physician patient relationship established?

Follow up duty to ED patients

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