Medico-Legal Aspects of Suicide – a Clinical Perspective
Daly R J
This article examines clinical aspects, legal aspects, & treatment considerations from the perspective of psychiatry. It notes that rating scales used to assess suicide risk are not normally used in everyday practice since doctors rely on their clinical skills in assessing suicidality. A “Catch 22” situation in respect of negligence & suicide is noted. Crucial factors in the standard of care with regard to a tort for negligence following a suicide are discussed.