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Loyola University Chicago, School of Law

Medical Jurisprudence

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Choosing Medical Malpractice, Nadia N. Sawicki Jan 2018

Choosing Medical Malpractice, Nadia N. Sawicki

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Modern principles of patient autonomy and health care consumerism are at odds with medical malpractice law's traditional skepticism towards the defenses of contractual waiver and assumption of risk. Many American courts follow a patient-protective view, exemplified by the reasoning in the seminal Tunkl case, rejecting any attempts by physicians to relieve themselves of liability on the grounds of a patient's agreement to assume the risk of malpractice. However, where patients pursue unconventional treatments that satisfy their personal preferences but that arguably fall outside the standard of care, courts have good reason to be more receptive to such defenses ...