Recent national tragedies have refocused the nation on an important question:
Can or should a physician face civil liability for failing to warn of the dangers posed by a patient who later commits violence?
Husch Blackwell attorneys Greg Minana and Justin Stephens addressed this question under Missouri law in an article published in the May/June issue of Missouri Medicine. In the article, they analyze the balance between doctor-patient confidentiality and the need to disclose confidential patient information when a patient signals that he or she might present a risk of violence toward himself or others. They also look at when the duty arises and how it is discharged.
To read the article, click here.