No Physician-Patient Relationship Required for Med Mal Claim
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No Physician-Patient Relationship Required for Med Mal Claim

After a patient died, his son sued the hospital and hospitalist for medical negligence for the  hospital’s conduct in advising a nurse practitioner at the clinic where the patient presented with symptoms of an undiagnosed staph infection that the patient would not be admitted to the hospital. In a first of its kind decision for Minnesota, the State Supreme Court struck fear in the medical community when it ruled a physician-patient relationship was not necessary to maintain a medical malpractice action under Minnesota law. In this case, the hospitalist could be found liable when making such hospital admission decisions because, the court viewed, such medical decisions have consequences.

Warren v Dinter