Year: 1980 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.34, no.1, (1980), p.89-98 SIEC No: 19820548

Fourteen reasons for malpractice suits against psychiatrists are listed, including failure to care for an obvious suicide risk. The suicidal potential of all patients must be explored. Specific suicide precautions should be indicated. The legal doctrine of “res ipsa loquitur” in relation to malpractice suits is discussed. It is concluded that there are no fixed legal standards of care or supervision of suicidal patients.(GAW)