Year: 1992 Source: Hospital Law, v. 3, no. 3, (April 1992), p. 1-4. SIEC No: 19920086

This article provides a case summary of a malpractice suit involving a voluntary psychiatric patient who seriously injured another driver while driving erratically. His physician had cautioned him against driving. The patient had once reported suicidal ideation, but 4 psychiatrists testified he was not suicidal. The judge decided the patient alone was neligent. The amount awarded to the accident victim was decreased because of previous psychiatric problems, including suicide attempts. (VM)